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The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, nicknamed "The Keystone State", was the second state to join the Union on Dec. 12, 1787. With 12.6 million residents, it is the 6th most populous state.

Ed Rendell's Political Strategy for Statewide Offices in Pennsylvania. Rendell believes that the way for Democrats to win statewide office in Pennsylvania is for them to hold their own in Allegheny County (Pittsburgh) and to overwhelm the Republican candidate in Philadelphia and its surrounding counties (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery). Rendell proved his strategy with his 2002 gubernatorial election when he won only 18 of Pennsylvania's 67 counties. However, he won Philadelphia by a 280,000 vote margin and Philadelphia's surrounding four counties by almost 235,000 votes. Ed cruised to victory by close to 333,000 votes, 53.6% to 44.2% over his Republican opponent Mike Fisher.

James Carville famously describes Pennsylvania as "Philadelphia and Pittsburgh with Alabama in between."

Congressional Delegation

SenatorIn Office
Candidates / Notes
Bob Casey, Jr (D)20072012Defeated two-term Republican incumbent Rick Santorum in the 2006 U.S. Senate election.
Pat Toomey (R)20112016Defeated Democratic candidate Joe Sestak in the general election on November 2, 2010.
DistrictRepresentativeIn Office Since
PA-01Bob Brady (D)1999
PA-02Chaka Fattah (D)1995
PA-03Mike Kelly (R)2011
PA-04Jason Altmire (D)2007
PA-05Glenn Thompson (R)2009
PA-06Jim Gerlach (R)2003
PA-07Pat Meehan (R)2011
PA-08Mike Fitzpatrick (R)2011
PA-09Bill Shuster (R)2001
PA-10Tom Marino (R)2011
PA-11Lou Barletta (R)2011
PA-12Mark Critz (D)1975
PA-13Allyson Schwartz (D)2005
PA-14Mike Doyle (D)1995
PA-15Charles Dent (R)2005
PA-16Joe Pitts (R)1997
PA-17Tim Holden (D)1993
PA-18Tim Murphy (R)2003
PA-19Todd Platts (R)2001

State Government

OfficeOffice HolderIn Office SinceNext ElectionCandidates / Notes
GovernorTom Corbett (R)20112014
Lt. GovernorJim Cawley (R)20112014
Attorney GeneralLinda Kelly (R)20112012Since 1980, when this office became an elected one, no Democrat has ever succeeded in winning this post.
TreasurerRob McCord (D)20082012
Auditor GeneralJack Wagner (D)20052012

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Pennsylvania Democratic Party

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This page was last modified 09:01, 6 March 2011 by dKosopedia user Jbet777. Based on work by Chad Lupkes and dKosopedia user(s) WarrenCohen, Harkov311, Nttnypride, Allamakee Democrat, Corncam, Jane, DakotaGypsy, Demodonkey, MH in PA and Desroko. Content is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

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