Chris Carney represents Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional district. He was first elected in 2006 when he defeated incumbent Republican Don Sherwood by a 53% to 47% margin. During the Democrat landslide year, Sherwood was also plagued with scandal, including an extramarital affair with a woman half his age. In 2006, Carney won reelection by a 56% to 44% margin over Republican Chris Hackett. Prior to 2007, this district had been held in Republican control since 1961.
Carney is a member of the “Blue Dog” coalition of fiscally responsible Democrats. He is pro-life, supports traditional marriage, supports 2nd amendment rights, and has proposed reducing the death tax. Carney also has a record of support President Bush on most national security measures. He was one of only ten Democrats to vote against ending the war in Iraq and has consistently opposed a time-line for withdrawal.
Charlie Cook’s Partisan Voting Index tracks the voting history of congressional districts and states. The PA 10th district has a PVI of R+8, and exact match for the state of South Carloina. It is the 129th most Republican district. In 2008, John McCain defeated Barack Obama by a 54% to 45% margin.
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This is one of 49 congressional districts hald by Democrats that John McCain won. They are:
Bright (AL-2); Griffith (AL-5); Berry (AR-1); Snyder (AR-2); Ross (AR-4); Kirkpatrick (AZ-1); Mitchell (AZ-5); Giffords (AZ-8)*; Markey (CO-4); Salazar (CO-3); Boyd (FL-2); Marshall (GA-8); Minnick (ID-1); Ellsworth (IN-8); Hill (IN-9); Moore (KS-3); Chandler (KY-6); Melancon (LA-3); Kratovil (MD-1); Peterson (MN-07); Childers (MS-1); Taylor (MS-4); Skelton (MO-4); Pomeroy (ND-AL); Teague (NM-2); McMahon (NY-13); Massa (NY-29); Etheridge (NC-2); McIntyre (NC-7); Shuler (NC-11); Wilson (OH-6); Boccieri (OH-16); Space (OH-18); Boren (OK-2); Dahlkemper (PA-3); Altmire (PA-4); Carney (PA-10); Murtha (PA-12); Spratt (SC-5); Hersheth-Sandlin (SD-AL); Davis (TN-4); Gordon (TN-6); Tanner (TN-8); Periello (VA-5); Boucher (VA-9); Mollohan (WV-1); Rahall (WV-3); Edwards (TX-17) and Matheson (UT-2).
Parker Griffith has already switched to the GOP.