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Dem Scanlon wins House seat in Pennsylvania

Dem Scanlon wins House seat in Pennsylvania
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Democratic civil rights attorney Mary Gay Scanlon easily beat Republican former prosecutor Pearl Kim Tuesday in the race to represent Pennsylvania’s 5th District, in a pickup for Democrats.

The 5th district, which consists of mainly of suburban Philadelphia Delaware County, is a new district, owing to Pennsylvania’s court-mandated redistricting this year.

The district replaces the area represented by Republican Pat MeehanPatrick (Pat) Leo MeehanBottom line Freshman lawmaker jokes about pace of Washington politics Many authors of GOP tax law will not be returning to Congress MORE, who resigned amidst sexual harassment allegations by an aide.

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The race was seen early on as an easy win for Democrats in an area that voted heavily for Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonProgressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC Hillary Clinton backs Manhattan DA candidate in first endorsement of year NSA leaker Reality Winner released from federal prison MORE in 2016, though she lost the state to President TrumpDonald TrumpKushner lands book deal, slated for release in 2022 Biden moves to undo Trump trade legacy with EU deal Progressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC MORE.

The race was also one of only a handful in the country in which two women were running against each other. Scanlon will be the first woman representing Pennsylvania in Congress since then-Rep. Allyson SchwartzAllyson Young SchwartzEx-Democratic lawmaker: Medicare needs have changed 'dramatically' over last 50 years Dem Scanlon wins House seat in Pennsylvania House members in Tues. primaries miss votes MORE (D) resigned in 2015.

Scanlon ran on core Democratic issues like health care and gun rights. She earned former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaGOP senator: I want to make Biden a 'one-half-term president' Obama: Fox News viewers 'perceive a different reality' than other Americans Police investigating death of TV anchor who uncovered Clinton tarmac meeting as suicide MORE’s backing.

Kim ran largely as a centrist, emphasizing her independence from the GOP on issues like immigration.

Scanlon will get to serve the remainder of Meehan's term, and then serve a new term starting on Jan. 3.