CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- For the second time in two years U.S. Representative Bill Shuster appeared to have beaten back a challenge from Democrat nominee Tony Barr in his bid for re-election to the ninth District seat in the House of Representatives.
According to complete but unofficial results, Shuster received 171,636 votes, or 64 percent, to 97,237 for Barr.
Shuster's margin of victory appears to be at least equal to that of his 2006 race against Barr, but he will be returning to a House that he said will have about 20 fewer Republican seats. In the Senate, he said, the Democrats could have 57 seats, nearly the 60 needed for a filibuster-proof majority.
"The Democrats will have a huge margin as well as the White House, so it's going to be a huge struggle" for Republicans to attempt to restrain spending in some areas, while cutting the defense budget.
"I have great concerns about what his issues are," Shuster said of president-elect Barack Obama. He called Obama's policies "socialistic" and said income tax increases will not be limited to those making more than $250,000 a year.