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Democrats bolster bid for Pennsylvania house dominance as voters hit polls 

United States: On Tuesday, Democrats have the chance to increase their influence on the Pennsylvania House as voters go to the polls in a suburban Philadelphia district that the Democrats are claiming has been tilting their way following a Republican Politician’s resignation last week that baited them back slightly. 

In the Bucks County election of a Democratic school board member and a Republican political neophyte, which would give Democrats the House a slightly larger advantage. 

The background 

The Democrats held just one seat in the House until Congressman John Galloway resigned in December to be someone’s magisterial district judge. Last week, a Republican lawmaker resigned, leaving the chamber divided 101-100 in favor of the Democrats while awaiting the voters in northeastern Pennsylvania to elect his replacement in another special election scheduled for April 23. 

Historical democratic support 

The Bucks County seat has consistently supported the Democratic Party for a long time, and it is located in a county where the GOP has been losing ground over the past 20 years. Since the 1990s, Democratic presidential candidates have prevailed in the county; in Galloway’s district, where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 3 to 2, President Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump in 2020, as reported by the Associated Press. 

Despite the cheerful appearance of those indications for Democrats, the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee is investing fifty thousand dollars to safeguard the party’s majority in the house. 

Tightening race and future implications 

There is a chance for Republicans to tie the chamber 101–101. In primarily Democratic areas, elections held in February, May, and September of last year went in favor of Democrats. 

Both Republicans and Democrats hold different offices; Republicans have the Senate office, whereas Democrats hold the governor’s office. There were no voting days for House leaders in the months of January and February while the partisan divide of the chamber was split. 

Candidates and their perspectives 

Democrat Jim Prokopiak, 49, and Republican Candace Cabanas, 45, are vying for the seat. 

Cabanas is running to represent the working-class district she cleared in a statement, and it is not necessarily to tilt power closer to republican control. 

“It’s an interesting thing to be thrown into this because I’m not a politician, and I’m really just running to support working-class families in lower Bucks County,” Cabanas said. 

Prokopiak has stated that he wants Democrats to be allowed to carry on the job that has protected the middle class. He was first elected to the school board in a district north of Philadelphia in 2021. 

“Over the last year, I think, since the Democrats have been in the majority, they’ve pushed legislation that has helped the middle class,” Prokopiak said. “I want to do that.” 6

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