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1 All Politics Is Local...Except When It Isnt SOURCE:

2 Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents Playing Defense All Politics Is Local...Except When It Isnt The 3 rd District of Pennsylvania The Candidates The Campaign The Results SOURCE:

3 Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents Playing Defense The 3 rd District of Pennsylvania Race/Ethnicity 93.8% White 3.6% Black 1.6% Hispanic 0.6% Asian Occupation 52.3% White Collar 31.4% Blue Collar Median Income $52.4k in district $47.9k in state Partisanship 41.8% Republican 47.8% Democrats 04 Presidential Vote Bush, +7% SOURCE:

4 Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents Playing Defense The Candidates: Incumbent Phil English SOURCE: english.house.gov Occupation Accountant Political Experience Controller, Erie City, Republican Nominee, State Treasurer, 1988 First Elected 1995 Committees Ways and Means

5 Table 1. Congressional Vote Scores for Phil English,

6 Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents Playing Defense The Candidates: Challenger Kathy Dahlkemper Occupation Small Business Owner Political Experience None SOURCE: dahlkemper.house.gov

7 Table 2. Campaign Finance Data for Pennsylvanias 3 rd District,

8 Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents Playing Defense The Campaign: The Polls

9 Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents Playing Defense The Campaign: PMI NOTE: Internet access required.

10 Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents Playing Defense The Campaign: Early Intervention NOTE: Internet access required.

11 Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents Playing Defense The Campaign: Phil English Supports Seniors Healthcare NOTE: Internet access required.

12 Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents Playing Defense The Campaign: What has Phil English done for Western PA? NOTE: Internet access required.

13 Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents Playing Defense The Campaign: I-80 NOTE: Internet access required.

14 Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents Playing Defense The Campaign: Tax Return NOTE: Internet access required.

15 Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents Playing Defense The Campaign: What is Kathy Dahlkemper hiding? NOTE: Internet access required.

16 Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents Playing Defense The Campaign: Dahlkemper Energy Plan NOTE: Internet access required.

17 Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents Playing Defense The Campaign: I Love Erie NOTE: Internet access required.

18 Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents Playing Defense The Campaign: King of Perks NOTE: Internet access required.

19 Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents Playing Defense The Campaign: Kathy Dahlkemper: The Change We Need NOTE: Internet access required.

20 Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents Playing Defense The Campaign: The Latest Chapter in a Sad Washington Story NOTE: Internet access required.

21 Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents Playing Defense The Campaign: Special Interests NOTE: Internet access required.

22 Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents Playing Defense The Campaign: Our Problems Must Look Pretty Small NOTE: Internet access required.

23 Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents Playing Defense The Campaign: Special Interest Trips NOTE: Internet access required.

24 Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents Playing Defense The Campaign: Protecting Social Security NOTE: Internet access required.

25 Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents Playing Defense The Campaign: Kathy Dahlkemper has Wacky Ideas NOTE: Internet access required.

26 Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents Playing Defense The Campaign: Kathy Dahlkemper Wants to Raise Taxes on Pennsylvanians NOTE: Internet access required.

27 Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents Playing Defense The Campaign: Kathy Dahlkemper Wants Job-Killing Tax Hikes NOTE: Internet access required.

28 Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents Playing Defense The Results

29 Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents Playing Defense Table 3. Spending by Parties, Interest Groups and Candidates in Pennsylvanias 3 rd District, 2008

30 Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents Playing Defense Table 4. Percentage of the Vote for the Democratic Presidential Nominee by County in Pennsylvanias 3 rd District, 2004 and 2008


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