Critz came away with 51% compared to incumbent Democrat Jason Altmire's 49%. It was a huge victory for Critz who is still serving his first full term in office.
"When this map was redrawn I thought there was no way I could win this," said Critz. "The geography is stacked against me."
The newly redrawn 12th district merged Altmire (4th District) and Critz (12th District) into one pinning the two democrats against each other. The new map favored Altmire since his territory stayed the mostly the same.
"This was an historic victory" said Jon "Bowzer" Bauman from the Doo Whop group Sha-Na-Na. "The district was drawn for Critz to loose; it seemed like almost an impossible race to climb."
"This is a tremendous victory this evening," said Sam Barbato of Johnstown. "There were a lot of people who said we couldn't do it and we did."
Critz and Altmire plan on working with one another or the next few months to help keep the 12th District a democratic seat in Washington.
"It's now on to November and another victory," said Critz.