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GOP incumbent Keith Rothfus to debate Democratic challenger tomorrow

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If you're living in the 12th congressional district, you might not know much about the U.S. House candidates you'll have to choose from this November.

Political neophyte Erin McClelland is mounting a challenge to Tea Party incumbent Keith Rothfus, a Republican with a record that includes votes against Superstorm Sandy relief and against re-opening the federal government during last October's shutdown.

Political analysts roundly agree the race isn't competitive — Rothfus has raised $1.7 million to McClelland's $244,660. But the debates — which start tomorrow — could be McClelland's shot at gaining some ground and name recognition (Rothfus' T.V. ads, for instance, don't mention McClelland and she doesn't have the cash to flood the airwaves with ads of her own).

We'll have more about how the district went from being one of the most competitive in the country to being safe for an ultra-conservative like Rothfus in print and online tomorrow. If you live in the district, or just like political theater, you might want to drop by one of the debates.

Here are details for each of the three debates:

Wednesday, October 15, 7:00 PM
doors open at 6:30 PM
Hosted by the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce
Auditorium, Student Union Building
Penn State Beaver
100 University Drive
Monaca, PA 15061


Friday, October 17, 7:00 PM
doors open at 6:30 PM
Hosted by the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat and WJAC/WCRO Radio
University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown
Heritage Hall, Living Learning Center
450 Schoolhouse Road
Johnstown, PA 15904


Tuesday, October 28, 6:30 PM
doors open 6:00 PM
Hosted by the Somerset Daily American
Laurel View Village
2000 Cambridge Drive
Davidsville, PA 15928

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