"state is largly democratic"---his district is largely rural and small town, etc."----
reminds me of the movie Dumb and Dumber if these people are so ignorant of what is happening to their country under 'scum RATS' like Murtha----I live in Penna (12 yr transplant) and am a senior as well but most certainly would never vote Rat under any circumstance--Go Irey!!
1.The district has 2 registered Democrats for every 1 registered Republican.
2.In 2004 the district gave 51% of it's vote to John Kery and 49% to George Bush.
You would think Kerry should have gotten 60+%, but these Democrats don't think that way.
A lot of Democrats saw weakness in Kerry and strength in Bush.
The Democrats in this district are not your run of the mill Nancy Pelosi types. They like toughness, not whining. Many of them remember Truman.Today they see weakness in Murtha, and they see toughness in Irey.