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

November 4 Election Winner:
Keith Rothfus Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Keith Rothfus Republican Party
Keith Rothfus portrait.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid Republican[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]

Pennsylvania U.S. House Elections
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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 is one of 12 states to use a strictly closed primary process. Voters are required to register with a political party to vote in the primary election.[3][4][5]

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.[6]


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May 20, 2014, primary results

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Race background

On February 26, 2013, PoliticsPA and The Hill previewed three 2014 House races in Pennsylvania which showed competitive promise because of a number of predictive factors, such as open seats, high stakes primary challenges and/or vulnerability to partisan switch. Pennsylvania's 12th is a traditionally Democratic district; however, recent years have seen its borders redrawn and it has become more Republican. In 2012, fallout from 2010 redistricting dovetailed with a strong turnout for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, paved the way for 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 face Critz in a re-match in 2014. Critz lost by a margin of four 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.[14] Critz announced on August 15, 2013, that he would run for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania in 2014 instead.[15]

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.[16]

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.[17]

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

See also

External links


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR AUGUST 8, 2014," accessed August 21, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 21, 2014
  3. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  4. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  5. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  6. Pennsylvania Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 30, 2012
  7. 7.0 7.1 Associated Press, "Pennsylvania - Summary Vote Results," May 20, 2014
  8. Federal Election Commission, "Erin McClelland's Statement of Candidacy Form," amended May 30, 2013
  9. Politics, "PA-12: Hugya Announces Run for Congress," accessed September 10, 2013
  10. Buzz Feed Politics, "Former Top John Murtha Aide To Seek Boss’ Old Seat," accessed September 27, 2013
  11. Politics PA, "Stiles Drops Longshot Primary Challenge to Rothfus," accessed November 25, 2013
  12. Larry Stiles for Congress Official 2014 Campaign Website, "Biography," accessed June 6, 2013 (dead link)
  13. The Hill, "Source: Former Rep. Mark Critz wants to run again," February 26, 2013
  14. The Hill, "Source: Former Rep. Mark Critz wants to run again," February 26, 2013
  15. The Sentinel, "ex-Rep. Mark Critz seeking Dem nod for lieutenant governor," August 15, 2013
  16. Politico "2012 Election Map, Pennsylvania"
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"