Democrats Retain Murtha Seat in Congress
Mark Critz defeats Republican Tim Burns in Pennsylvania
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 18, 2010 10:05 PM CDT
Mark Critz talks with reporters after he voted in Johnstown, Pa., Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
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(Newser) – Democrats will retain control of the seat held for decades by the late Pennsylvania Rep. John Murtha after winning a special election to fill the final months of his term. Both parties viewed the contest as a test for the fall. Murtha aide Mark Critz defeated businessman Tim Burns. The two will have a rematch in the November general election after also winning their respective primaries.