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Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 20, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Keith Rothfus Republican Party
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 12th congressional district of Pennsylvania will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 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 Keith Rothfus (R), who was first elected in 2012.

Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District is located in the southwestern portion of Pennsylvania and includes Cambria, Somerset, Westmoreland, Allegheny and Beaver counties.[1]


Note: Prior to the signature filing deadline, candidates will be added when Ballotpedia writers come across declared candidates. If you see a name of a candidate who is missing, please email us and we will add that name. As the election draws closer, more information will be added to this page.



Race background

On February 26, 2013, PoliticsPA and The Hill previewed a combined three 2014 House races in Pennsylvania which are already showing competitive promise owing to a number of predictive factors such as open seats, high stakes primary challenges and/or vulnerability to partisan switch. Of the eighteen total House seats up for election in 2014, Republicans currently hold thirteen.

Pennsylvania's 12th is a traditionally blue district, however recent years have seen its borders redrawn and a reddened voter-base. In 2012, fallout from 2010 redistricting dovetailed with a strong turnout for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, paving the way for deep-pocketed Republican challenger Keith Rothfus to oust Democratic incumbent Rep. Mark Critz in the general election.

Fresh off his successful challenge, Rothfus (R) was expected to have to face Critz in a re-match in 2014. Critz lost by a margin of 4 percentage points, while President Barack Obama lost the district vote by a much wider margin of 17 percentage points. Thus many Democrats, viewing Critz as a casualty of sharing the ticket with Obama in 2012, were optimistic about their party's chances for re-claiming the seat with Critz on board.[8] Critz announced on August 15, 2013, that he is running for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania in 2014 instead.[9]

District history


The 12th congressional district of Pennsylvania held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Republican Keith Rothfus beat out incumbent Mark Critz to win the district.[10]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 12 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Mark Critz Incumbent 48.3% 163,589
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKeith Rothfus 51.7% 175,352
Total Votes 338,941
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Critz won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Tim Burns in the general election.[11]

U.S. House of Representatives, Pennsylvania Congressional District 12 Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMark Critz Incumbent 50.8% 94,056
     Republican Tim Burns 49.2% 91,170
Total Votes 185,226

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