Dems, GOP wrestle for control of split Pennsylvania House in special election Tuesday

The Pennsylvania House, which was placed in a 101-101 partisan tie when Pittsburgh lawmaker Sara Innamorato resigned, is holding a special election Tuesday.If Lindsay Powell wins today’s election in the heavily Democratic district, the party will be able to narrowly regain control of the House.If opponent Erin Connolly Autenreith gains victory, Republicans would be able to gain control of the Pennsylvania Legislature. 

Control of Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives will again be determined by the results of a special election, this time a race being held Tuesday to fill the seat of a Pittsburgh lawmaker whose resignation put the chamber at a 101-101 partisan tie.

If voters in the heavily-Democratic district cast their ballots for former congressional staffer Lindsay Powell, Democrats will keep the slight majority they previously had. The party has defended its majority in a series of special elections since November.

A win for Erin Connolly Autenreith, a real estate agent and local Republican chairperson, would tilt the partisan divide back to the Republicans, who lost their majority for the first time in 12 years last year.


With either outcome, Pennsylvania’s government will remain divided with Democrat Josh Shapiro in the governor’s office and Republicans

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