Voters to Choose Murtha Successor During Pa. Primary

February 17, 2010 - 7:23 PM
Murtha's immediate successor to be decided May 18
Harrisburg, Pa. (AP) - The special election to fill the term of the late U.S. Rep. John Murtha will be held on Pennsylvania's primary election day, May 18.
 
Gov. Ed Rendell made the announcement Wednesday. Rendell had 10 days after Murtha's death to make the announcement, and was required to set the date at least 60 days away.
 
That means there will be two elections involving Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district on primary day.
 
One will decide the Republican and Democratic nominees to run in the general election in November. The other will fill the remainder of Murtha's term, which ends in January.
 
Murtha died Feb. 8 following complications from gallbladder surgery. He was 77. He was first elected to the seat in 1974.