Pennsylvania's 11th Congressional District elections, 2014
November 4, 2014
May 20, 2014
Pennsylvania has a closed primary system, in which the selection of a party's candidates in a primary election is limited to registered members of that party.
Heading into the election the incumbent is Lou Barletta (R), who was first elected in 2010.
Pennsylvania's 11th Congressional District is located in the northeast region of Pennsylvania and includes the cities of Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. It also includes Wyoming, Luzerne, Columbia, Carbon, Northumberland, Dauphin Perry and Cumberland counties.
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- Lou Barletta - Incumbent
Declined to run
In early 2013, PoliticsPA and The Hill previewed a combined three Pennsylvania races which are already showing promise for a competitive primary or potential partisan switch. Of the eighteen total House seats up for election in 2014, Republicans currently hold thirteen.
In the 11th District race, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is reportedly vetting former Rep. Chris Carney as a potential challenger to GOP incumbent Lou Barletta. Although Pennsylvania's 11th is "darker red than the party's 2012 congressional targets," Carney's background makes him an appealing candidate. He unseated a Republican in the 2006 election and was re-elected by 10th District voters in 2008. After voting for the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as "Obamacare," Carney's popularity dropped enough to clear a wide path for Republican challenger Tom Marino to win the seat from him in 2010. Since the districts were redrawn in 2010, most of Carney's 10th District base, and 24% of all 10th District voters, are now part of the 11th District owned by Barletta. The Democratic party leaders' interest in Carney suggests they are optimistic that many of his former constituents will have forgiven his support for Obamacare by the time they hit the polls in 2014.
|U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 11 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Lou Barletta Incumbent||58.5%||166,967|
|Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House of Representatives, Pennsylvania Congressional District 11 Election, 2010|
|Democrat||Paul E. Kanjorski||45.3%||84,618|
- United States House of Representatives elections in Pennsylvania, 2014
- United States House of Representatives elections, 2014
- Pennsylvania Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 30, 2012
- Federal Election Commission, "Termination Notice," accessed November 11, 2013
- PoliticsPA, "Carney Vs. Barletta," February 26, 2013
- PoliticsPA, "Carney Vs. Barletta?," February 26, 2013
- Politico "2012 Election Map, Pennsylvania"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"