The Latest: Dems, women get wins in Pennsylvania election
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on Pennsylvania’s election results (all times local):
Pennsylvania’s election brought good news for Democrats and for women candidates.
Democrats scored big victories in county races across Philadelphia’s suburbs, advancing a decades-long shift in those one-time Republican bastions. Meanwhile, women led in contests for all seven open seats on Pennsylvania’s appellate courts. Four are Democrats.
Next year’s election will be big for Pennsylvania. There are contests for governor and U.S. Senate on the ballot, as well as all 18 U.S. House seats and 228 of 253 legislative seats.
Franklin and Marshall College pollster Terry Madonna says it’s too early to draw conclusions about the course of next year’s general election, based on Tuesday’s election results.
But, he says Democrats did well for a couple reasons. He says a growing voter dislike for President Donald Trump’s job performance played a part, with some Democrats in local races campaigning against the Republican commander-in-chief.
Pennsylvania voters have approved a constitutional amendment that could eventually lead to property tax cuts and gave a Republican justice a full term on the state’s highest court.
Justice Sallie Mundy beat Allegheny County Judge Dwayne Woodruff, a former Pittsburgh Steeler, in what was the most closely watched race in an off-year election.
Mundy’s victory gave her a full 10-year term. Two other incumbent justices were retained for another decade in up-or-down retention votes.
The constitutional amendment authorizes state lawmakers to pass a law to let local governments exempt the full value of homes from taxes, replacing what had been a 50 percent cap on cuts.
The amendment itself did not reduce any taxes, and the Legislature may struggle to find revenue to replace the property taxes that currently generate billions for schools and other purposes.