Poll: Raja, Smith Race Dubbed 'Most Competitive'

Readers of the site PoliticsPA say the race for the 37th district will grab voters' attention in the fall.

Readers of the site PoliticsPA selected the Raja-Smith race for the 37th district as the most competitive state race in the upcoming November election. 

In a recent poll, 34 percent of respondees said the race between Mt. Lebanon Republican D. Raja and Democratic write-in candidate Matt Smith will be the most competitive race of the 2012 election cycle, according to PoliticsPA. The poll notched 395 votes total. 

Raja and Smith are vying to replace the seat by former Pennsylvania Sen. John Pippy in the 37th district, which includes Moon Township.

Pippy announced his retirement from state politics in January, but resigned from his post last month to become the CEO of the . 

Raja, a former Mt. Lebanon commissioner and software company CEO, edged out Moon-based state Rep. Mark Mustio in the spring's Republican primary. Smith, a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, serves the state's 42nd house district, which includes Bethel Park, Mt. Lebanon and Thornburg. It is believed that he will campaign for the seat as a write-in candidate. 

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Pennsylvania's Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley has decided that there will not be a special election to fill the state's 37th Senatorial District seat, which was left vacant by the  of Republican John Pippy.

Consistent with state law governing special elections, Cawley decided that such an election would not be in the best interest of the public given that the regularly scheduled election for the full four-year term of Pippy's old seat will take place on Nov. 6.

Robert July 11, 2012 at 12:53 PM
What the hell is wrong with you people, putting this foreigner in office! This country is in bad enough shape without loetting these foreigners take over our country! He will make more jobs for his own kind in his own country! You can hardly understand this idiot! THis is why we have to push 1 for english in our english speaking country!
Jenna Staul (Editor) July 11, 2012 at 01:23 PM
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Louisa July 11, 2012 at 06:59 PM
I hope Robert is being sarcastic. Mr. Raja will serve our area well even if he was not my first choice in the primary. A self made man from India, is preferable to the professional politicans we are usually faced with choosing in our elections. Jenna please clarify will Matt Smith be on the ballot or is he forced to run a write in campaign this fall? Winning any seat via a write in campaign is a long shot and it would be doubtful that Mr. Smith could even be competitive in the fall


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