Saccone GOP Pick to Replace Murphy

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Western Pennsylvania Republicans made state Rep. Rick Saccone their nominee Saturday for a special election to replace former Congressman Tim Murphy in the 18th District.

About 200 party representatives from Alle­gheny, Washington, Westmoreland and Greene counties selected Saccone, 59, of Elizabeth Township from among three candidates at a morning meeting at a Canonsburg golf course.

The party members chose Saccone over state Sen. Guy Reschenthaler of Jefferson Hills and state Sen. Kim Ward of Hempfield. State Rep. Jason Ortitay withdrew his candidacy Saturday, and candidate George Karpacs didn’t show up to the meeting.

Touting his support for President Trump, Saccone said he would get his message and agenda out to voters who are “worried about the direction our country is heading” and who are looking for “someone who will defend their values.”

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