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Shuster on his way to return to U.S. House seat

November 03, 2004|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

Congressman Bill Shuster, R-9th, was well ahead of Democratic challenger Paul Politis Tuesday night in his bid for a third term in the U.S. House of Representatives, according to incomplete and unofficial results.

In Franklin County, where Republicans outnumber Democrats by a 2-to-1 margin among registered voters, Shuster had 30,190 votes to 11,901 for Politis with 65 of 75 precincts reporting, according to county Election Board figures.

Districtwide, with 388 of 508 precincts reporting, Shuster had 118,972 while Politis had 54,872.

Shuster, 43, of Hollidaysburg, Pa., was elected to Congress in a May 2001 special election after his father, Bud Shuster resigned the seat he was first elected to in 1972. He won a narrow victory in the April primary over Republican challenger Michael Delgrosso.

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Politis, 56, of Greencastle, Pa., is vice chairman of the Franklin County Democratic Committee, a former school board member with the Forbes Road School District and owner of an antique automobile literature and memorabilia business.

In 1998, Politis announced he was going to run against the elder Shuster, but withdrew after his nomination petitions were challenged by Shuster supporters.

The 9th District includes all or part of 15 counties in south central Pennsylvania.

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