Democrats Win Enough for Narrow Pennsylvania House Majority

FILE – Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf delivers his budget address for the 2022-23 fiscal year to a joint session of the Pennsylvania House and Senate in Harrisburg, Pa., Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022. More than one-quarter of state lawmakers whose seats are up for election across the U.S. are guaranteed to be gone from office next year — a statistic almost certain to grow when the votes are counted from the November general election. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
By MARK SCOLFORO Associated Press
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democrats are celebrating a suburban Philadelphia state House win that gives them barely enough seats to take the chamber majority after 12 years. The Associated Press called the race after Republican Rep. Todd Stephens conceded to Democratic opponent Melissa Cerrato late Thursday in a Montgomery County race. Cerrato’s win means Democrats flipped a net of 12 districts. That’s the precise number they needed to control the House at the start of the 2023-24 session in January. But there’s uncertainly because of the October death of Allegheny County Democratic Rep. Tony DeLuca. Two other Allegheny County Democrats who won new House terms also were elected as lieutenant governor and to Congress.