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To: smoothsailing; Clintonfatigued
12th District Election Results:
John Murtha (D)- 100%

John Murtha (D)- 73%
Bill Choby (R)- 27%

John Murtha (D)- 71%
Bill Choby (R)- 28%
James N. O’Neil (Ref)- 2%

Closest Race Ever (1974)
John Murtha (D)- 58%
Harry Fox (R)- 42%

His closest race ever was in 1974, which was also his first race. However, in 1972, a Republican won with over 56% of the vote. The seat had previously been Republican since 1943 before the election of John Murtha. Since 1974, only once has a Republican broke 40% against him, and that was in 1980, during the Reagan Revolution. Even in 1994, Bill Choby (who has run against him at least 4 times), mustered only 38%. He is going to be a tough incumbent to beat, espeically since this district has been gerrymandered like crazy. I hope Ms. Irey can do it.
41 posted on 03/23/2006 7:20:25 PM PST by MassachusettsGOP (Massachusetts Republican....A rare breed indeed)
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To: MassachusettsGOP; Clintonfatigued; Coop
All things being equal, he'd be tough to beat, obviously.

But all things aren't equal, he's attacking one of the foundation blocks that have returned him in the past to Washington;namely national security and and the military.

That plays well in the fever swamps of liberal land but it's a dead-ender in SW PA.

I'm not saying Diana Irey has a cake walk, not by any stretch, but she has a reasonable chance of success, so supporting her is more than worthwile.

So go up to post #29,click the link and send her 10 or 20 bucks, she'll know we're with her! :-)

42 posted on 03/23/2006 7:43:04 PM PST by smoothsailing
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