Rep. Critz defeats Altmire in redrawn Pa. district

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U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire, D- Pa., left, is followed by television cameras as he walks out of the polling area after he he voted in the Pennsylvania primary election on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 in McCandless, Pa., a suburb north of Pittsburgh. Altmire faces fellow U.S. Rep. Mark Critz after the Legislature and governor approved new lines combining their previously separate districts. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
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U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire, D- Pa., left, is followed by television cameras as he walks out of the polling …

PITTSBURGH (AP) — U.S. Rep. Mark Critz has defeated Rep. Jason Altmire to become the Democratic nominee in the newly created 12th Congressional District north and east of Pittsburgh.

The 44-year-old Altmire and 40-year-old Critz were like-minded Democrats before the Legislature and governor approved a redistricting law combining their previously separate districts.

Now, Critz will battle to return to Washington in January, while Altmire must find a new job. Altmire was seen as a favorite in the race, but Critz attracted heavy support from organized labor.

Critz will face Republican lawyer Keith Rothfus in the November election.

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