Pennsylvania State House Dist 178; Special Election 5/15/18 - (D) Win

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Pennsylvania State House Dist 178; Special Election 5/15/18 - (D) Win

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Post by Addie » Wed May 16, 2018 7:45 am

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Democrat wins Philadelphia-area state House seat for the first time in decades



A Democratic candidate won a key Pennsylvania state House seat on Tuesday, flipping the district from red to blue for the first time in decades.

Representative-elect Helen Tai won a special election for Pennsylvania House District 178, a suburban Philadelphia seat that Republicans have held since 1983, according to liberal news website Daily Kos.

Tai beat out Republican Wendi Thomas to serve out the remaining six months of former state Rep. Scott Petri’s (R) term. Petri resigned to take over the Philadelphia Parking Authority. Tai and Thomas will both be on the ballot in November for the next full two-year term.

President Trump won the district by 3-point margin in 2016, and the district went to Mitt Romney by a wider 13-point margin in 2012 against former President Obama.

Former Vice President Joe Biden endorsed Tai in the race, as did multiple other high-profile Democrats.


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Post by Suranis » Wed May 16, 2018 8:24 am

Anyone know what the margin was?


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Re: Pennsylvania State House Dist 178; Special Election 5/15/18 - (D) Win

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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Wed May 16, 2018 9:16 am

Suranis wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 8:24 am
Anyone know what the margin was?
Tai won 6,359 votes, or 50.4 percent of the vote, over Republican and former Council Rock School Board member Wendi Thomas who polled 6,263 votes, or 49.6 percent of the vote.
http://www.buckslocalnews.com/news/newt ... f50ec.html

Her Twitter address is @GiveEmHelenTai.


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