Last night was a blur here at Early Returns and it may have been for you too. Here's a handy greatest hits package:
Johnstown native Dennis Roddy had nonpariel insight into the 12th District race, with dispatches about John Murtha's grave and the Banker's Club and Smuggler behind the bar at the then-quiet Mark Critz party, to talks with the BBC and Bowzer of Sha-Na-Na. As votes surpisingly piled up for Critz, here was a key point from Dennis on the Democrats' strategy of turning out old-time Murtha votes in Cambria County:
Mark Critz has counted on the Murtha legacy, the endorsement of widow Murtha, to his longstanding acquaintanceship with pensioners in need of a Medicaid fix and township commissioners aching for a new sewer line. This sort of retail, fused to Murtha’s legacy, is what he hopes will do something important: drive out the vote in Cambria in disproportionate levels to other parts of the district.
Enter Art Gaunt, age 71, of Summerhill Borough. It is a small town along Route 53 in the county’s worn out bituminous region. He is the local committeeman. He has 800 voters on the rolls – 500 of them Democrats. By day’s end, he was hoping he’d driven out 40 percent of his electors.
“We needed 320 to break 40 percent. We had 300 when I left and we still had two hours of voting,” he said.
“And this is a rural area,” said his son, Donald, hanging on to the long neck of a brown beer bottle.
Early on, the WashPost saw Pittsburgh as an X-Factor in the Senate race. Snarlen was fighting to the end, joking about "smoking Dutch cleanser" -- whatever that is -- in this beltway-friendly interview by Andrea Mitchell.
The collection of links to election sites and voting maps is here.
Photo: Dennis Roddy