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More 2012: Bad night for Blue Dogs

“Former Congresswoman Gabrielle ‘Gabby’ Giffords made a rare public appearance Tuesday night to accept the ‘We Are EMILY Award’ from Emily’s List, a political advocacy organization that supports pro-choice women seeking office,”’s Jason Strachman Miller reports.

PENNSYLVANIA: “U.S. Rep. Mark Critz, D-Johnstown, used his deep home base support and the heft of organized labor to win his fratricidal bout with fellow Democratic Congressman Jason Altmire, picking up an underdog victory in an increasingly conservative district,” the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports, adding, “Mr. Altmire, elected in 2006, is a former UPMC [a Pennsylvania non-profit health system] lobbyist and his 2010 vote against President Obama's health care reform package was part of his undoing.”

Rep. Tim Holden, described as the “dean of Pa. House members,” lost his primary against Scranton personal injury lawyer Matt Cartwright. And it wasn’t close – 57%-43%. Holden has served since 1992, but redistricting did him in.

“Coal-mining millionaire Tom Smith (R), a newcomer to politics who spent $4 million of his own money on TV advertising, easily won the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports,” Political Wire writes. “His candidacy "was scorned by the Republican establishment," including Gov. Tom Corbett (R).”