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  • Biden weighs in on Specter

    Vice President Joseph Biden, Arlen Specter's longtime Amtrak buddy and fund-raising patron who nonetheless did not show up to campaign for his pal in the final days, issued a statement this afternoon about Specter's loss. It is below in its entirety. “...
  • Critz underperforms Murtha

    It's not all good news for Democrat Mark Critz in the 12th, says poll-watcher Tom Schaller at FiveThirtyEight: Fourth, as I mentioned in yesterday's preview piece, this is the only district won by both John Kerry in 2004 and John McCain in 2008. So, at...
  • Wagners may lose another

    Below, Chris Potter updates the feuding in the city's 19th Ward, where longtime Democratic ward chair Pete Wagner (the brother of Jack) is being challenged for the chairmanship by former council candidate Anthony Coghill. It would be a big deal in city po...
  • AG's office targets anon blogger

    Attorney General Tom Corbett's office has subpoenaed Twitter to discover the identity of anonymous blogger CasablancaPa, who regularly criticizes his handling of the Bonusgate investigation. The subpoena was first announced on the Casablanca site yesterd...
  • Post-game from Ed Rendell

    From Tom Barnes HARRISBURG -- Gov. Ed Rendell is very good at two kinds of post-game commentary -- discussing Philadelphia Eagles’ wins or losses, as an analyst on Comcast cable TV in the fall, and discussing why election results turned out as they ...
  • Primary winners & losers

    We're rather wary of doing "winners vs. losers" posts, largely because branding somebody as a "loser" seems like overkill on a day like this. But we still want to talk about some of this stuff, so we'll call the second category "non-winners" instead. Win...
  • Newspaper front pages

    Politico has a nice roundup here of front pages from around Pennsylvania today....
  • Greatest hits

    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 Banke...
  • Dok Harris write-in bid in PA4

    This will be something to watch as the year wears on in Jason Altmire's reelection race. At City Paper, Chris Potter notes that the Quaker Valley Democrats in Sewickley -- angry at Altmire for his no vote on HCR and his support of Joe Lieberman anti-terr...
  • About a quarter voted

    There was a lot of talk yesterday about poor turnout -- which, as we noted, is historically bad in midterm elections in Pa. We'll surely have more on this through the day and week, but here is a quick look at turnout by registered voters statewide: Democ...
  • Buchanan, GOP brass at a loss

    The photo above from the PG's Rebecca Droke tells it all -- nobody expected Mary Beth Buchanan to lose the 4th District primary, least of all herself. The major sign that she was in trouble came May 6 when her finance reports showed she only raised abo...
  • Awwwkward

    Pa Dem party chair T.J. Rooney is doing his best cornerback impression on Joe Sestak's win -- the guy who said a Sestak win would be "cataclysmic" now says “I hope you’ll all join me in supporting Joe and I look forward to getting him elected this Nov...
  • Morning reacts: Pgh the key

    CQ Politics: "Sestak carried Allegheny County and other counties in the Pittsburgh region, which proved to be key to his victory." Slate's John Dickerson: "The most important news of the evening came out of the 12th congressional district in Pennsylvania...
  • What's next?

    Now that that’s over . . . let’s start arguing about something else.First here's Pollster on Toomey v Sestak. Sestak trailed by 9 points in their aggregate polls but there are way more undecideds than there would have been in a Toomey/Specter matchup,...
  • Ding-a-dong-ding, it's Critz

    Jon "Bowzer" Bauman of the rock and roll group Sha-Na-Na celebrates with newly elected U.S. Rep. Mark Critz moments after the Democratic candidate delivered his victory speech in the special election to succeed the late U.S. Rep. John P. Murtha. Mr. ...
  • Kelly wins PA-3 nod

    Butler car dealer Mike Kelly will face off against incumbent Democrat Kathy Dahlkemper in the 3rd District race, says the AP. The final totals: 426 of 426 precincts - 100 percentx-Mike Kelly 15,136 - 28 percentPaul Huber 14,198 - 26 percentClayton Grabb ...
  • Rendell, bullish as always

    From Daniel Malloy in Philadelphia Surrounded by microphones, where he often seems most at home, Gov. Ed Rendell offered his assessment of his friend Arlen Specter's loss earlier tonight at Specter campaign HQ in Center City Philly. "He deserved better,...
  • Specter concedes

    From Daniel Malloy in Philadelphia The TV was turned to MSNBC, and it showed a giant check mark next to Joe Sestak's name, with 53 percent of the vote. A Specter supporter approached me, asking if I knew the channel for CNN, as if perhaps a different net...
  • Critz acceptance speech

    Text of Mark Critz's comments in PA-12 (full comments after the jump): I am honored. I am humbled. But most of all, I am proud to stand before you as the next Representative of Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District! The voters of this district w...
  • Early reacts

    Some early headlines: NYT on Specter WashPost's Chris Cillizza on Sestak and Critz Shira Toeplitz of Politico (and Pittsburgh) on Sestak...