PITTSBURGH (AP) — U.S. Rep. Mark Critz has defeated Rep. Jason Altmire to become the Democratic nominee in the newly created 12th Congressional District north and east of Pittsburgh.
The 44-year-old Altmire and 40-year-old Critz were like-minded Democrats before the Legislature and governor approved a redistricting law combining their previously separate districts.
Now, Critz will battle to return to Washington in January, while Altmire must find a new job. Altmire was seen as a favorite in the race, but Critz attracted heavy support from organized labor.
Critz will face Republican lawyer Keith Rothfus in the November election.