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Head and shoulders shot of Lee Griffin standing outside
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The election is Nov. 3. WPSU is speaking with candidates in the race for the U.S. House in central and northcentral Pennsylvania. WPSU’s Anne Danahy interviewed Lee Griffin, the Democratic challenger in the race for U.S. House, 12th Congressional district. Yesterday, we heard from the incumbent, Republican Fred Keller. The district stretches from Perry County in the south, up to Potter and Susquehanna counties, including Clinton County and part of southern and eastern Centre County.

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The election is Nov. 3. WPSU is speaking with candidates in the race for U.S. House in central and northcentral Pennsylvania. WPSU’s Anne Danahy spoke with Fred Keller, the Republican incumbent in the race for U.S. House, 12th Congressional district. Tomorrow, we’ll hear from the Democratic candidate, Lee Griffin. The district stretches from Perry County in the south, up to Potter and Susquehanna counties, including Clinton County and part of southern and eastern Centre County. Keller has represented the district since winning the seat in a special election in May 2019.

U.S. Representative Fred Keller is calling on the federal Bureau of Prisons to not transfer inmates from other states into Pennsylvania as the reach of COVID-19 continues to expand.

Keller wrote to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons asking it to stop transferring inmates, especially from the hard-hit state New York.

But on Monday, Keller said his understanding is prisoners were in transit to federal institutions in Pennsylvania. Specifically, the U.S prisons at Lewisburg and Canaan and the Federal Correctional Institution at Allenwood.

Supporters of President Trump after a rally for Republican Fred Keller, a candidate for U.S. House, in Montoursville on May 20, 2019.
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Pennsylvania is holding a special election today to fill a seat in the U.S. House. The Republican nominee Fred Keller is the favorite to win in the district and he got a campaign stop by President Trump Monday evening. 

“Raise your right hand. Do you all promise you’re going to go out and vote?” Trump said to the crowd at a rally for Republican nominee Fred Keller. Trump flew into Montoursville, Pennsylvania. He said the election was a “little bit of a referendum.”

Pennsylvania will host a special election on May 21. Democrat Marc Friedenberg and Republican Fred Keller are vying for the state's 12th U.S. House seat vacated by Congressman Tom Marino.
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A few months ago, Daniel Klein bought two flags to hang on a chainlink fence outside his home in rural Wyoming County.

They say “Trump 2020: No More Bulls---.”

Some people driving along wooded Route 29 stop to take pictures. Some blow their horns.

“I don’t know whether they’re throwing me the bird or saying, ‘Good job,’ but I don’t care,” Klein said.

Republican Fred Keller and Democrat Marc Friedenberg meet for a coin toss ahead of the May 2, 2019, congressional debate for the Pennsylvania 12th congressional district.
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(Pittston) — The candidates seeking to replace former GOP Congressman Tom Marino clashed multiple times during a debate Thursday evening.

“Shame on you, Fred Keller,” Democrat Marc Friedenberg said at one point in the debate while talking about Russian interference in the 2016 election. At another point, Friedenberg called one of Keller’s criticism of him “pathetic.”

File image: Penn State students lined up outside Heritage Hall inside of the HUB-Robeson Center, waiting to cast their votes in November's midterm elections.
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The Centre County Board of Elections says it cannot create a “Satellite Elections Office” in the HUB-Robeson Center on Penn State’s campus this month.

The Centre County League of Women Voters along with Penn State’s Vice President for Student Affairs and student government leaders, had signed a letter to the Board of Elections supporting the office.

Fred Keller speaking
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Fred Keller, the Republican nominee to fill the open U.S. House 12th district seat spoke to Penn State College Republicans Monday night, talking about topics ranging from jobs and economic growth to the 2nd Amendment.

“I’ll go back to the things that I said when I was in state government: fiscal discipline, limited government and free enterprise," he said to the college Republicans and a few residents.

Democratic candidate Marc Friedenberg (left); Republican candidate Fred Keller (right).
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Pennsylvania’s 12th district special election will be held May 21, the same day as the municipal primaries. It’s just weeks after Penn State students will have left for summer break.

Democratic candidate Marc Friedenberg says the timing of the election means most college students will have to vote absentee if they vote at all.

“We’re going to be pushing in helping students to navigate the absentee ballot process, which can be a little bit tricky,” Friedenberg said. 

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.

State Representative Fred Keller, a Republican, said he’s interested in pursuing his party’s nomination for the U.S. House seat that will be open when Rep. Tom Marino steps down.

Marino announced Thursday that he will be leaving Congress to take a job in the private sector. The state will have to hold a special election.