Doug McLinko

State Rep. Fred Keller, left, with U.S. Rep. G.T. Thompson in Williamsport Saturday, March 2, 2019.
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In a closed-door meeting, Pennsylvania Republican conferees picked a state representative as the party's nominee in the special election to fill the U.S. House 12th district seat. The seat has been open since Republican Tom Marino stepped down in January.

“We have a nomination for the Republican candidate for the Pennsylvania 12th Congressional district, who will be representing us well on that ticket, and I’m absolutely confident will be on to victory on May 21st,” said U.S. Rep. G.T. Thompson as he introduced state Rep. Fred Keller at a press conference.

Marc Friedenberg sitting
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In a very tight race, a Penn State professor has won the Democratic primary for the 12th Congressional district. 

Democrat Marc Friedenberg beat Judy Herschel by 223 votes, according to unofficial results Wednesday afternoon.

He said his win in the primary came from work by volunteers — getting results in places they put the effort.

Now, he has his eye on the general election where he will face Republican incumbent Tom Marino.

Marino beat challenger Doug McLinko, winning 67 percent of the vote.

The new Pennsylvania congressional map.
image: PA Supreme Court

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's drug overdose rate is more than twice the national average.

The opioid crisis is a focal point in the primary elections for the 12th Congressional District, which includes Centre, Mifflin, Clinton and Potter counties.

Bradford County Commissioner Doug McLinko is challenging GOP incumbent Tom Marino in Tuesday's primary.

He said Marino just isn't working for the people of the district.

Rep. Tom Marino
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Two candidates are on the Republican primary ballot for U.S. House 12th Congressional district. One of them is incumbent Tom Marino. WPSU’s Anne Danahy talked with Marino about why he’s running for reelection and how he responds to critics of legislation he sponsored.

WPSU invited all candidates in competitive races for U.S. House seats in the 12th, 13th and 15th Congressional districts for interviews. To listen to interviews and find out more about the races, go to wpsu.org/vote18.

Doug McLinko
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Two candidates are on the Republican primary ballot for U.S. House 12th Congressional district. One of them is Doug McLinko. WPSU’s Anne Danahy talked with McLinko about why he’s running against an incumbent in the primary.

WPSU invited all candidates in competitive races for U.S. House seats in the 12th, 13th and 15th Congressional districts for interviews. To listen to interviews and find out more about the races, go to wpsu.org/vote18. 

Trucks at cargo dock
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Art Halvorson is one of eight Republicans running for U.S. House in the 13th Congressional district primary.

He said President Trump’s move to impose tariffs on some Chinese goods is “overdue.”

He said Trump is sending a signal to China — making it clear the United States is going to defend itself.

“We’ve been feckless and we’ve been weak," Halvorson said. "And when you send a signal that you’re weak, you create war and instability, international disruption. America has to be strong for the rest of the world to be strong.”