- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The challenger narrowly beaten in the Republican primary by U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania may take another shot at the eight-term incumbent as a Democrat.

Art Halvorson said Tuesday that he hasn’t decided yet whether to run as a Democrat. But the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1UPiWgH ) that Halvorson has filed paperwork with the state that’s required of candidates running in the general election.

The retired Coast Guard captain from Bedford County received more than the 1,000 write-in votes in the Democratic primary he needed to run as a Democrat.

Halvorson has called Shuster too moderate and touted himself as a Tea Party-backed, conservative Christian. Shuster is the House Transportation Committee chairman and is Pennsylvania’s highest-ranked member of Congress. Shuster beat Halvorson by 1 percentage point.

The southwestern Pennsylvania district hasn’t elected a Democrat since 1933.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, https://www.post-gazette.com


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