STATE COLLGE, Pa. — U.S. Rep. Tim Holden has lost his re-election bid in the Democratic primary, meaning the tenure of Pennsylvania's longest-serving House member will end this year.
Holden, first elected to Congress in 1992, lost to attorney Matt Cartwright Tuesday in a race affected by new congressional district boundaries redrawn by the Republican-controlled state Legislature.
Cartwright tried to portray Holden as too conservative for the new district that now includes Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Easton — areas unfamiliar to the veteran Holden.
In western Pennsylvania, Rep. Mark Critz beat fellow Democratic Rep. Jason Altmire after the two incumbents were forced into a primary because of redistricting. Backing from organized labor helped Critz after Altmire was seen as an early favorite in the campaign.
Incumbents otherwise went unchallenged or won handily in the primaries.