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Tim Burns: 2010 Election BREAKING News

First Posted: 05/17/10 06:33 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 05:30 PM ET

Follow the latest news about the 2010 PA-12 house race below.

Critz Sworn In After Election Victory
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Democrats are welcoming Mark Critz to their ranks after he dashed Republican hopes of capturing a Pennsylvania House seat seen as a possible bellwether for the midterms.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., swore in Critz Thursday after he won a special election to fill the final months of the late Rep. John Murtha's term. The longtime Murtha aide beat Republican Tim Burns on Tuesday. Both candidates will meet again this fall.

Murtha had held the seat for 36 years, but Republicans were counting on opposition to congressional Democrats and tea party-driven discontent to carry them to victory.

Critz stressed his ties to his old boss, who as chairman of a House Appropriations panel steered millions of federal dollars to his district.

Murtha died in February.

-- AP
Posted: 05/20 02:29 PM
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