Shuster given nod for ninth term in congressional bid

Patty Yauger pyauger@heraldstandard.com Updated 7 hrs ago
U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R­Everett, appears likely to have sufficient voter support to serve a ninth term as the 9th Congressional District representative.
With all of the 12 counties reporting unofficial counts, Shuster has a strong lead over his Democratic challenger, Art Halvorson of Manns Choice, with about 62 percent of of the precincts reporting.
The congressional district includes the entire counties of Fayette, Indiana, Bedford, Blair, Fulton and Franklin, and portions of Greene, Washington,
Westmoreland, Cambria, Huntingdon and Somerset counties.
Shuster said late Tuesday that voters rejected the “nasty” campaign waged by Halvorson in favor of him.
“This election should have been about Republicans coming together,” he said. “My opponent tried to divide the party for his own selfish interests.
“We should have been out there working for (GOP presidential nominee Donald J.) Trump and (senatorial candidate Pat) Toomey.”
His focus when he returns to Washington will be to unite the party.
“We will not agree on everything, and I will not always get 100 percent of what I want,” he said. “But, if I get a substantial portion, that will be good.
“We have to work together.”
Halvorson applauded the efforts of his supporters.
“While we are all disappointed at the results of (Tuesday’s) election, we can take enormous pride in the tireless efforts of our supporters across the
district,” he said. “They took on this noble challenge with few resources and against daunting odds.
“Their bravery and integrity reflect the very best this country has to offer.”
In Fayette County, Shuster edged Halvorson by 20,267­12,171, while in Greene County, Shuster had a 3,998­1,830 edge, according to unofficial results.
In Washington County, Shuster bested Halvorson by a 10,672 to 7,783 votes.
Halvorson overcame Shuster in Westmoreland County by a margin of 245 votes, according to unofficial results.

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