Democrats Could Pick Up a Seat in PA

Not good for House Republicans.

Rep. Jim Gerlach has told National Republican Congressional Committee officials that he is running for governor, a GOP source confirmed Tuesday, making his competitive southeastern Pennsylvania district a prime Democratic pick up opportunity in 2010.

The Allentown Morning Call first reported that the four-term Republican has opted to run for governor, ensuring that his suburban Philadelphia 6th district seat will be a top battleground next year. According to the newspaper report, Gerlach is expected to make his gubernatorial announcement at some point Tuesday.