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BY: Brent Scher
Democrat Marc Friedenberg was on the ballot again in Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District on Tuesday—this time facing a relatively unknown state lawmaker rather than a four-term incumbent congressman—and he lost by an even bigger margin, a sign to Republicans that 2020 will not be a repeat of 2018.
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Republican Fred Keller defeated Friedenberg by more than 36 points in Tuesday’s special election, a margin greater than the 32 points the district was won by last November. Keller’s win was expected, but underlying factors identified by Republicans, such as waning Democratic enthusiasm and the unpopularity of policies such as the Green New Deal, have the party hopeful it will be able to rebound next November.
A memo released by the National Republican Congressional Committee Wednesday identified the 12th district election as the "first trial run" against a Democratic candidate who runs on policies such as Medicare for All and the Green New Deal.
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"The results in the PA-12 special election highlight the debilitating impact the socialist Democrats’ extreme agenda will have on their electoral chances," the memo stated. "Democrat candidate Marc Friedenberg proudly ran on the new socialist Democrat playbook and the result was abysmal, as he was defeated by more than 36 points."
Republican polling in the district indicates that these sorts of radical policies hurt Friedenberg in the district,...
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