Here's a statement from Steve Welch's campaign on the GOP State Committee nod:
The members of the State Committee sent a clear message that they are ready to unite behind one candidate and make sure that Bob Casey is defeated in November.
Mr. Welch added: “I am humbled to have the support of the Republican State Committee. It is truly an honor. These are the people that are the grassroots of our party. As a party and conservative movement it is time to unite to defeat the Obama-Casey agenda. In the campaign that lies ahead, I will talk about my vision and values, and I will talk about Senator Bob Casey’s record of failure. I look forward to sharing my story, an American story of starting a small business from scratch, creating good jobs, and helping others to do the same. America is the most innovative and most productive country in the world. But it won’t stay that way if Bob Casey and Barack Obama continue to push us toward national bankruptcy. I look forward to a spirited debate over the coming months about the future of this great country.”
And the shot across the bow from Tom Smith. It's going to be a fun spring:
"I thank members of the Republican State Committee for the strong showing of support for my candidacy," said Smith. "I congratulate Steve on his success today and look forward to a spirited primary election as we now take our case to millions of Pennsylvania Republicans. Our Party, all factions and persuasions, must stand unified to defeat Bob Casey in November, I am confident that I am the candidate best positioned to accomplish that goal."
"In a week full of negative attacks, arm-twisting and backroom deals, Tom Smith stayed above the fray. An outsider candidate, Tom demonstrated strong establishment support and remains best positioned to unite the Republican Party and lead a successful ticket in November," said Campaign Manager Jim Conroy. "We look forward to offering three million Republicans a clear choice between Tom Smith, a conservative business man - and Steve Welch, a self-professed moderate with a record of supporting liberal Democrats like Barack Obama and Joe Sestak."
Smith placed second in the State Committee balloting.
UPDATE: Tim Burns is staying in despite it all:
"After establishing a commanding lead over Steve Welch in the caucus straw polls, I was certainly disappointed by the results of yesterday's roll call vote," said Burns. "It is clear that the endorsement of the Governor carries a lot of weight with the committee.
"I got into this race because I believe that I am the strongest candidate to defeat Bob Casey and in caucus after caucus, state committee members agreed. Despite yesterday's vote, I know that my candidacy offers our party a strong contrast to Senator Casey. Yesterday's results are just one battle in a long fight to defeat the Obama/Casey agenda."