GOPer switches House races in Pennsylvania

A GOP businessman has switched races from running in Rep. Joe Sestak’s (D-Pa.) district to running in Rep. Jim Gerlach’s (R-Pa.).

Pa2010.com reports that Steven Welch is stepping aside for former U.S. Attorney Pat Meehan (R), who is set to announce he is switching races himself, from governor to Sestak’s seat. Sesyak’s seat is now open with the incumbent running in a primary against Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.).

Gerlach’s seat is open too, as he is running for governor, and both his 6th district and Sestak’s 7th are expected to be among the top handful of House races in the nation.

While the GOP averts a tough primary in Sestak’s district, they now face one in Gerlach’s district. State Rep. Curt Schroder and another candidate are running for Gerlach’s seat.

Pa2010.com reports that Welch lives in the 7th district, but most of his hometown lies within the 6th.

Democrats are running state Rep. Bryan Lentz for Sestak’s seat and former newspaper editorialist Doug Pike in Gerlach’s district.

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