Art Halvorson

GOP Committee Members Quit to Back Shuster Opponent
Challenger lost primary but got enough write-ins to win Democratic nod

One of the members of the Franklin County committee criticized Rep. Bill Shuster's relationship with a lobbyist (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republicans in Pennsylvania's Franklin County are divided about whether to support Rep. Bill Shuster or his tea party opponent running as the Democratic candidate.

Four Franklin County Republican Committee members resigned on Monday over their support for Art Halvorson, who narrowly lost the GOP primary to Shuster in April but because more than 1,000 Democrats wrote in his name in their own primary, he won the Democratic Party nomination.

Tea Party Candidate Could Win Democratic Primary
In early tally, Dems write in retired Coast Guard captain over their own candidate

Not so fast, Rep. Bill Shuster — the incumbent congressman might face a challenge from his Republican primary opponent as a Democrat in the general election. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A Pennsylvania House candidate who lost the Republican primary has been presented with the unexpected possibility that he might compete in the general election — as a Democrat.  

An early tally of write-in votes on Tuesday put tea party-backed conservative Art Halvorson slightly ahead of Democrat Adam Sedlock in the Democratic primary, potentially giving Halvorson the option of accepting the nomination from the rival party, the Tribune-Democrat in Johnstown reported.