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 MeehanFreshman lawmaker jokes about pace of Washington politics Many authors of GOP tax law will not be returning to Congress Dem Scanlon wins House seat in Pennsylvania 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 ClintonGOP lawmaker defends Chelsea Clinton after confrontation over New Zealand attacks Klobuchar: Race, gender should not be litmus tests for 2020 Dem nominee Kirsten Gillibrand officially announces White House run MORE in 2016, though she lost the state to President TrumpDonald John TrumpJoint Chiefs chairman denies report that US is planning to keep 1K troops in Syria Kansas Department of Transportation calls Trump 'delusional communist' on Twitter Trump has privately voiced skepticism about driverless cars: report 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 SchwartzDem 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 ObamaObama reminisces about visit to Ireland on St. Patrick's Day: 'It'll always be O'Bama' Klobuchar on Trump's rhetoric and hate crimes: 'At the very least, he is dividing people' As global order collapses, American leadership is critical 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.