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Democrats for Tim Burns

You really need to keep checking our 44 blog for reports on the special election in Pennsylvania's 12th District from Sandya Somashekhar, who's been on the ground with the candidates. (I'm in Washington, monitoring everything in the big four primary states today.) Democrats can really afford only so many anecdotes like this one, of Democrat Mark Critz working the trail.

"I don't want to interrupt you, I just wanted to say, 'Hi, I'm running for Congress,' " he told two men in trucker hats and work shirts, who took his hand politely. Both Democrats, one acknowledged later he'd be voting for [Republican Tim] Burns and the other said he was undecided because of his displeasure with the Democrats' support of the health-care overhaul.

At a nearby table, Richard Gray, 58, a machine operator, said he was a registered Democrat but would be voting for Burns because of his outrage over the health-care bill, which he believes was passed against the wishes of the people. "I'm fed up with the Democrats. It's like they know what's better for us than we do," he said.

This is a heavily Democratic district -- Critz could lose 30 percent or so of his party and win the race. But this confirms just how hard even that task will be.

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By David Weigel  |  May 18, 2010; 12:50 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Election  | Tags: 12th district, Pennsylvania  
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