Carney Defeats Sherwood In Pennsylvania's 10th District

By Justin Moss

July 22, 2010 Updated Nov 8, 2006 at 8:45 PM EDT

Chris Carney rode the Democratic wave into power.

His victory over Republican Don Sherwood in Pennsylvania was also a big win for the national party, which helped it secure a majority in the U.S. House.

"I am in the majority party now, which matters a lot and, of course, I was promised a seat on the appropriations committee by Mr. Murtha which helps bring back the funding as well," says Carney.

Carney is from Dimmock in Susquehanna County.

Many Republicans aren't sure he'll be able to deliver.

Carney's victory is concerning for some people, because the rural 10th district has been in Republican hands for many years.

And Tuesday night, Pennsylvania Republicans not only lost Sherwood, but U.S. Senator Rick Santorum.

"If he goes in with a brand new crew, it's going to take them years to learn what Congressman Sherwood and Senator Santorum's people have just from experience, that may hurt our small county compared to other counties," says Susquehanna Co. Commissioner Jeff Loomis.

Loomis is concerned for Susquehanna County, which is a rural, conservative area.

He says when you combine the fact that Carney is a Democrat and a political newcomer, it's cause for concern.

But Carney says there's no need to worry.

He says he might even keep some of Sherwood's staff.

And Carney adds it's not about Democrat or Republican, but about bringing his district's concerns to Washington.

After his loss, during his concession speech, Sherwood said it was a disappointing day for him.

He could not be reached for comment.

14 counties make up the heavily republican 10th congressional district, including Bradford, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties.

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