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GOP’s Mike Fitzpatrick Reclaims Pa.’s 8th District

BRISTOL, Pa. (CBS) — The Republican tidal wave swept through Bucks County, where Mike Fitzpatrick reclaimed the seat in Congress he lost to Democrat Patrick Murphy four years ago.

Fitzpatrick, 47, championed open space preservation and supports development of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale region, while Murphy, 36, pushed for troop withdrawals from Iraq and the end of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

fitzp liebermann8 GOPs Mike Fitzpatrick Reclaims Pa.s 8th District

(Supporters cheer as Fitzpatrick takes the stage at his Doylestown, Pa. headquarters. Photo by CBS3's Oren Liebermann)

In the weeks leading up to the election the race was too close to call, but when all was said and done Fitzpatrick beat Murphy by a sizeable margin, sending him back to Washington.

(Fitzpatrick:) “Four years ago the people spoke, and tonight they’ve spoken and this decision is the right decision — not necessarily because I won, because this decision was made by the people.”

Hear Fitzpatrick’s Victory Speech…

Murphy, the first Iraq War veteran in Congress, accepted defeat and told the crowd he was proud of his four years in the House and the work he accomplished for middle class families:

(Murphy:) “I will never back down from my pledge to you to fight for the greatness that I believe this country can achieve. I hope that no matter what happens, I will always continue to make you proud.”

And already, the speculation has begun:  will there be a rematch two years from now?

Reported by Brad Segall, KYW Newsradio 1060.

  • jack markowitz

    Both are fine men who have served in Iraq and Congress, almost mirror images of each other. Murphy got caught up in the Republican Tide, otherwise he would have won re-election. He is young (36) and he has a promising future in Congres or out. Can’t rule out a rematch, but Murphy may find other promising alternatives (I am sure he will) that may challenge him and reward him outside the political dog and pony show. Good luck to both men, each deserve a chance to make their mark and continue a fine tradition of public service.

    • Brian Rothkopf

      Fitzpatrick never served in the military. Your comments about Murphy were intelligent and inciteful.

  • Grant

    It’s an unfortunate outcome for the district… Patrick Murphy is a smart, committed and patriotic servant of the people… Much to be preferred in Congress rather than a rubber-stamp Republican ideologue who will empower the obstructionism of John Boehner and his party.

  • FreeYourMind

    I’m sure he did some good things, but basically Murphy was nothing more than a rubber stamp for Obama/Pelosi/Reid. It’s now Fitzpatrick’s turn, and I’m thankful as a resident of the 8th district.

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  • Frank

    Thank you, PA8 voters. thank you, thank you, and I implore thank you…

  • harry

    goodbye murphy, and good riddance.

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