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Democrats have Philly suburbs to thank for gains in Pa. legislature

November 8, 2018

The Pennsylvania State Capitol dome in Harrisburg, Wednesday Oct. 24, 2018, in Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

By Staff

HARRISBURG – Voters in the Philadelphia suburbs handed Democrats some of their biggest gains in Pennsylvania’s staunchly Republican state legislature, in some cases, electing unabashedly progressive candidates to represent them in the state Capitol.

In the state Senate, four of the five seats picked up by Democrats came from Montgomery and Delaware Counties. In the House of Representatives, Democrats flipped 14 seats – the most since 1974, according to House Democratic campaign officials – all in Philadelphia and its suburban counties. That helped offset other losses for a net gain of 11 seats in the chamber.

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