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 ClintonThe Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection What the Mueller report tells us about Putin, Russia and Trump's election Steve Bullock puts Citizens United decision at center of presidential push MORE in 2016, though she lost the state to President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure 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 ObamaFeehery: A whole new season of 'Game of Thrones' Mercury rollback is a direct threat to our children's health Lightfoot takes office as Chicago's first black woman mayor 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.