Local Republicans in Pennsylvania’s 12th district on Thursday evening picked businessman Tim Burns to be their nominee in the special election to replace the late Rep. John Murtha (D).
Burns will face Democrat Mark Critz, a top aide to Murtha, in the May 18 special election to fill the remainder of the late Congressman’s term.
Burns defeated 2008 GOP nominee Bill Russell by a vote of 86-46 among GOP activists in the district. Both Burns and Russell are also running in the GOP primary, which is being held on the same day, to be the party’s nominee in November.
Critz is also running in the regularly scheduled primary, but he faces minimal opposition and is expected to be Democrats’ general election nominee.