By PATRICK CLOONAN Daily News Staff Writer
All results reflect complete but unofficial returns from area county
The state U.S. House delegation flipped from Democratic to Republican
control, despite wins for two area Democrats.
Democratic Reps. Mike Doyle of Forest Hills and Mark S. Critz of
Johnstown were returned to Washington Tuesday along with Republican Rep.
Tim Murphy of Upper St. Clair.
Meanwhile, the state House flipped from Democratic to Republican
control, thanks in part to the upset of a veteran area lawmaker.
Rep. James E. Casorio Jr., D-North Huntingdon Township, lost his 56th
District seat to former Westmoreland County GOP chairman George Dunbar.
“We knew that it was a Herculean task to beat a 14-year incumbent,
especially one who was popular among his constituents,” said Dunbar, who
is Second Ward commissioner in Penn Township.
“We were capitalizing on the fact that people are ready for some change
in Harrisburg,” Dunbar said. “The voters are tired of the outof-control
spending. They are spending money we do not have. (Voters) are tired of
spending on pet projects.” Dunbar and Casorio spent much of Tuesday
together. Both stationed themselves at the Penns Woods development in
“I had a wonderful volunteer base; we had all the bases covered,” Dunbar
said, also acknowledging the help he received from the state GOP.
While Dunbar knocked on 8,000 doors and his volunteers went to thousands
of doors, the Harrison City-area representative-elect said “the hard
work begins now” in Harrisburg.
According to the Westmoreland County Elections Bureau, Dunbar received
11,363, Casorio 10,572. Dunbar said he plans to resign as a commissioner
at this month’s Penn board meeting.
Also in Westmoreland County, Rep. R. Ted Harhai, D-Monessen, turned back
Republican nominee Rob Ferguson, 10,695-8,349, in the 58th Legislative
In the 25th Legislative District straddling the Allegheny-Westmoreland
line, Rep. Joseph Markosek, D-Monroeville, was a narrow winner over
Republican Mike Doyle.
Markosek won by 1,600 votes, winning by 9,798-7,846 in Allegheny County.
Doyle won Westmoreland, 2,190-1,865, but lost overall 11,663-10,036.
Four area House Democrats were unopposed: 34th District Rep. Paul Costa
of Wilkins Township, 35th District Rep. Marc Gergely of White Oak, 36th
District Rep. Harry Readshaw of Carrick and 38th District Rep. Bill
Kortz of Dravosburg.
Republicans maintained control of the state Senate, but Democrats held
on to the 46th District which extends from Elizabeth to Greene County.
Replacing retiring Sen. J. Barry Stout,
D-Somerset Township, will be state Rep. Timothy
D-Canonsburg, who defeated Bentleyville attorney and farmer Kris
In U.S. House races: • Doyle won a ninth term from the 14th District,
including the cities of Pittsburgh, McKeesport, Clairton and Duquesne,
turning back Coraopolis paralegal and Republican nominee Melissa
Green Party candidate Ed Bortz netted 5,328 votes.
• Murphy won a fifth term from the 18th District, covering suburban
areas in four counties between Pittsburgh International and Arnold
Palmer Regional airports, 158,224-77,212 over Democratic nominee Dan
• Critz narrowly won a rematch in the ninecounty 12th District against
Washington County businessman and Republican nominee Tim Burns,
91,690-88,670. Locally, that district includes one precinct in Forward
In his bid for a full term in the seat formerly held by the late U.S.
Rep. John Murtha, Critz carried majorities in Allegheny, Cambria,
Fayette, Greene and Washington counties.