Republicans extend grip on state Legislature

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Republicans are widening their firm grip on the state Legislature, flipping three Senate seats and four in the House.

Democratic state Sen. Rob Teplitz lost his Harrisburg-area seat on Tuesday to developer John DiSanto, and Republicans also beat Democratic Sen. Sean Wiley of Erie and won a seat held by retiring Sen. John Wozniak.

Republicans also added to their substantial majority in the state House, beating Democratic incumbents Rep. Tim Mahoney and Rep. Jaret Gibbons and picking up districts vacated by the retirements of Rep. Pete Daley and Rep. Ted Harhai. All four districts are in western Pennsylvania.

Democrats picked up a Republican seat in the Pocono Mountains. A few races have not been called.

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