Special Elections held in conjunction with the Primary also cemented Democrats’ razor thin majority in the state House of Representatives. The race watched most closely was for the 163rd House District in Delaware County. Both parties had strong interest in the seat – which has a history of flipping between party control – as the outcome would determine majority control of the House. Prior to the election, Democrats held 101 of the House’s 203 seats, with Republicans holding 100 seats and with two vacancies. Democrats were ultimately victorious with Heather Boyd besting the Republican nominee Katie Ford.
A Special Election was also held for the 108th House District, which consists of parts of Montour, Northumberland and Snyder counties. Republican Michael Stender won that race, keeping the tradition of GOP control of the seat that goes back to the 1970’s.
With all vacancies now accounted for, Democrats will continue to hold a one seat majority in the chamber. Additional information on the Special Elections can be found in this City & State article.