Critz won with an astounding 91 percent in Cambria County and 87 percent in Somerset County while holding Altmire below 70 percent in Allegheny and Beaver counties. Altmire won the district's middle ground, Westmoreland County, with 52 percent, but it wasn't enough to overcome Critz's massive advantage in the eastern portion of the district.
Critz's victory also keeps Johnstown, his hometown, the unofficial capital of the 12th District. Johnstown has sent a resident to Congress continuously since just after World War II, and no Johnstown congressman has lost an election since 1948; the previous two, Republican John Saylor and Democrat John Murtha, Critz's old boss, each served utnil they died in office, in 1973 and 2010, respectively.
Altmire is the fifth House member to lose a primary this year. Reps. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, and Don Manzullo, R-Ill., were eliminated by House colleagues in member-versus-member races, and Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Ohio, lost her renomination bid to a tea party-affiliated candidate. Earlier Tuesday night, Rep. Tim Holden, D-Pa., lost his 17th District Democratic primary to attorney Matt Cartwright.