GOP State Rep. Peifer Considering A Carney Challenge

Posted December 14, 2009 at 6:54pm

A local Republican lawmaker is considering challenging Rep. Christopher Carney (D), according to a Republican operative with knowledge of the situation.

A Keystone State news blog also reported state Rep. Mike Peifer (R) is thinking about challenging Carney, who easily won re-election last year in his traditionally Republican district. Carney defeated GOP businessman Chris Hackett last year, 56 percent to 44 percent.

Carney’s district has historically voted for Republicans, picking the GOP presidential nominee in 2004 and 2008 with 60 percent and 54 percent of the vote, respectively. Republicans, however, have been unable to recruit a strong challenger to run against Carney so far this cycle.

At the end of September, Carney reported having $393,600 cash on hand.

CQ Politics currently rates the general election contest in Pennsylvania’s 10th district as Likely Democratic.