Marc Friedenberg

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.

Marc Friedenberg sitting
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As U.S. Rep. Tom Marino announced that he is resigning to take a new job,  the Democrat who ran against Marino in the fall has decided to try again for the seat.

Democrat Marc Friedenberg said he plans to seek his party's nomination. He pointed to many of the same issues. 

Tom Marino
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A five-term Republican congressman who co-chaired Donald Trump's successful presidential campaign in Pennsylvania is resigning.

Tom Marino said in a statement Thursday that his last day will be Jan. 23 and that he's taking a job in the private sector.

The 66-year-old Marino is a former county and federal prosecutor who co-chaired Donald Trump's successful presidential campaign in Pennsylvania.

He easily won re-election in November to his heavily Republican district in northern Pennsylvania.

Democratic candidate for the 12th Congressional District Marc Friedenberg.

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania could be a key state to watch in the midterm elections next month.

The makeup of the state's congressional delegation is expected to become more Democratic, due to the number of retiring GOP lawmakers and a redrawn congressional map.

One of the congressional seats likely to remain immune from a potential "blue wave" is the new 12th district in central Pennsylvania.

It includes Perry, Snyder Union, Juniata, Mifflin, and Northumberland counties, which all voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump in 2016.

The possibility of higher than average voter turnout for a midterm, an increase in the number of women representing Pennsylvania and a match-up of two incumbents running for the same seat are some of the topics WPSU talks about with Terry Madonna leading in to the 2018 election. Madonna directs the Franklin and Marshall College Poll.

Tom Marino
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WPSU spoke with candidates running for U.S. House in the 12th, 13th and 15th Congressional Districts in the 2018 election.  In this interview, Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Marino talks about why he's running in the 12th district.

WPSU spoke with candidates running for U.S. House in the 12th, 13th and 15th Congressional Districts in the 2018 election.  In this interview, WPSU talks with Marc Friedenberg, the Democratic candidate in the 12th district.  

Lou Barletta shaking hands
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Several hundred people, including Bikers for Trump, were at a get-out-the-vote rally in Wilkes-Barre Sunday night. One of the messages at the event was that voters should support Representative Lou Barletta, the Republican trying to unseat Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Casey.


Oliver North, the retired Lieutenant Colonel and NRA president, and U.S. Representative Tom Marino were among those who spoke at the rally. The message: get and out and vote or face the possibility of a Democratic takeover.


Rep. Tom Marino
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Susan Werner, chair of the Centre County League of Women Voters candidates’ night, is disappointed. She said she reached out to U.S. Rep. Tom Marino’s office about scheduling a forum with him and his Democratic opponent, Marc Friedenberg, but couldn’t get a commitment.

“I think that candidates’ night is a great opportunity for the public to come and ask questions that they want answers to, and he seems to be avoiding that,” Werner said.

The League of Women Voters in the Lewisburg area faced a similar situation.

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.

Republican gubernatorial primary winner, Scott Wagner, and Democratic lt. governor winner, John Fetterman.
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In the Republican primary for Governor, Scott Wagner beat out his challengers. The Pennsylvania state senator and waste-hauling millionaire will face Democratic Governor Tom Wolf in November. Polls have Wagner well behind Wolf, though he’ll have 6 months to try to change that.

The new Pennsylvania congressional map.
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(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.

Judy Herschel and Marc Friedenberg
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The two Democratic candidates running for the U.S. House 12th Congressional district in Pennsylvania met for a debate Thursday night. 

Among the reasons Judy Herschel said she’s running in the Democratic primary is to be a voice for the community on topics many feel are being ignored. Those include health care, jobs, public education and the opioid crisis.

“I believe that we working individuals deserve a voice in Washington, and I’m ready to get in there and get the job done," Herschel said.

Judy Herschel
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Two candidates are running in the Democratic primary in the 12th Congressional district, one of Pennsylvania’s seats in the U.S. House. One of those candidates is Judy Herschel. WPSU’s Anne Danahy talked with Herschel about why she’s running and what she sees as priorities for the next Congress.

WPSU invited all candidates in competitive races for U.S. House seats in the 12th, 13th and 15th Congressional districts for interviews. 

Marc Friedenberg sitting
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Two candidates are running in the Democratic primary in the 12th Congressional district, one of Pennsylvania’s seats in the U.S. House. One of those candidates is Marc Friedenberg. WPSU’s Anne Danahy talked with Friedenberg about why he’s running and what he sees as priorities for the next Congress.

WPSU invited all candidates in competitive races for U.S. House seats in the 12th, 13th and 15th Congressional districts for interviews. The deadline for registering to vote in the 2018 primary is April 16.