A great night for the Democrats got even better until, for the first time in over a decade, they won three special elections to take control of the Pennsylvania house.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported:
Democrats claimed victory in three special elections for the House of Representatives on Tuesday, putting the party on the brink of taking control of the legislature’s House of Representatives for the first time since 2010.
While votes were still being counted late Tuesday night, preliminary results showed all three Democrats holding a lead that would be almost impossible for Republicans to beat — in one case by more than 85 percentage points.
The Democrats lead in each race by thousands of votes. Republicans have absolutely no chance of winning any of these seats. Once the Democrats officially win all three contests, they will have a one-vote majority in the state house, which is huge because the body is crippled and unable to pass the month-long operating rules.
Pennsylvania Republicans have been waging a relentless attack on the state’s voting-by-mail rules, which, ironically, were originally approved by Republicans. The fact that the Democratic-controlled House and Democrat Josh Shapiro are governor means Republican efforts to kill mail-in voting in the state are dead.
For the first time in 13 years, Democrats will officially take control of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, as State of the Union night improved for Democrats.
Jason is the Managing Editor. He is also the White House press reporter and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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