Monday, September 8, 2008

New Race Rankings

In, Reid Wilson and Kyle Trygstad have a story about the top 25 competitive congressional races in the country. NEPA’s two local races made the list.

The first number is the number 1-25 with 1 being most competitive.

Coming in as the 11th most competitive race in the Country, PA-11. They state “Pennsylvania 11 -- Kanjorski (D) -- Ethics issues, questionable earmarks and an unremarkable record, coupled with a near-celebrity opponent, put Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D) atop national Republicans' target list. Kanjorski hasn't faced a real race in decades, and John McCain is likely to win the Scranton-based district, aiding Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta (R). It's one race in which the "change" mantra may benefit Republicans.”

And in the 16th position, PA-10 with “Pennsylvania 10 -- Carney (D): Rep. Christopher Carney represents a Northeast Pennsylvania district that gave President Bush 60% of the vote in 2004, and where Barack Obama did notably poorly in the state's April primary. That's not a recipe for success for a Democrat, especially one who won by challenging an incumbent with serious personal problems. Republicans are enthusiastic about businessman Chris Hackett (R), who won a competitive primary.”

Seems that NEPA will truly be a battleground this year.

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