Based on an unnamed source, The Hill is reporting that the NRCC has bought television ad time in the 12th District special election to replace Rep. John P. Murtha, D-Johnstown. Both candidates have already hit the airwaves, but The Hill notes that the entry of national Republicans into the race shows they are eager to contest the seat despite the May 18 governor and Senate primaries likely to bring a big Democratic turnout:
"There had been some uncertainty as to whether the GOP would seriously go after the seat, given the built-in advantage the Democrats have by holding the special election on the same day as the primary. Most of the top races that day are being waged on the Democratic side."
The NRCC would not confirm the report for the Hill or Early Returns.