Voters give Dems control of Pennsylvania Supreme Court

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Democrats have won all three open seats on Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court. The victory secures them a majority on the high court for at least a decade, after a campaign that drew a record $11.5 million in contributions.

The winners in Tuesday’s election are Philadelphia Judge Kevin Dougherty and Superior Court judges David Wecht and Christine Donohue of Allegheny County.

It was the first time three seats were open in an election for the seven-member court.

Republicans have controlled the court for the past six years.

When the new justices take their oaths in January, they will round out a 5-2 Democratic majority on the court. That could help shape the legislative redistricting that follows the 2020 census.

Democrats also Tuesday won two other appellate court races – seats on the Commonwealth Court and on the Superior Court.

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