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Signs Point to Republican Keeping Open House Seat in PA-12

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Monday, 04 March 2019 08:18 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Both the White House and Republican Party leaders from Washington are breathing a little easier following the nomination Saturday of State Rep. Fred Keller for the open U.S. House seat in Pennsylvania’s 12th District. 

In January, there was some consternation among GOP leaders following the surprise resignation of four-term Republican Rep. Tom Marino to take a job in the private sector. With a crowded (14 candidates) Republican field vying for nomination in the May 21 special election and Democrats uniting behind one contender, there were eerie signs of a “remake” of the nationally-watched special election last year won by Democrat Conor Lamb in the Republican 18th District (Western Pennsylvania).

But the events in the 12th District do not appear to be following the script of the 18th District. Following four ballots at a districtwide convention Saturday, Republicans chose stalwart conservative State Rep. Fred Keller for Congress over 13 opponents.

“Fred is the real deal when it comes to conservatism,” Lowman Henry, head of the conservative Lincoln Institute in Harrisburg (PA) told Newsmax, noting that the five-term legislator has a rating of 90 percent from the American Conservative Union.

Area sources say that Keller, 53, is also a genuine “man of the people.” He never went to college and, prior to winning his legislative seat, was a plant manager for a wood cabinet supplier.

Marc Friedenberg, an attorney and liberal Democrat who lost decisively to Marino last fall, was given the nomination by his party for another run. 

In a district President Trump carried by a 2-to-1 margin in 2016, few give Friedenberg a chance.

“The 12th is a heavily Republican district and it’s also mostly rural and small town Pennsylvania,” G. Terry Madonna, considered the premier Pennsylvania pollster, told us.

“Put another way, it’s Republican territory. Marino swept to victory in 2018 in a great Democratic year. Special elections bring out the base voters of each party, and in the 12th that gives the Republicans a huge advantage. Barring something that emerges to damage the Republican candidate, a Republican victory is virtually assured.”

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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Both the White House and Republican Party leaders from Washington are breathing a little easier following the nomination Saturday of State Rep. Fred Keller for the open U.S. House seat in Pennsylvania’s 12th District. 
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