Democrats gained an advantage in the Pennsylvania House after winning a special election in Bucks County.

Democrats Maintain Majority in Pennsylvania House After Win in Bucks County

On Tuesday, Democrats secured their majority in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives as former school board member Jim Prokopiak won a special election in Bucks County. This victory solidifies the party’s slim majority in the House, which they have been working to defend in four special elections over the past year.

Prokopiak’s win comes after a Republican lawmaker’s resignation last week, which shifted the balance of power back to Democrats. He defeated Republican challenger Candace Cabanas and will replace former state Rep. John Galloway, who stepped down to serve as a magisterial judge.

During his campaign, Prokopiak focused on issues that align with the party’s larger goals, such as increasing funding for K-12 education, protecting access to abortions, and raising the minimum wage. He emphasized the need for a higher minimum wage in the area, stating that it is not enough to sustain anyone.

The race in Bucks County drew national attention, with the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee spending $50,000 to protect the party’s majority in the chamber. This is just the beginning of the committee’s efforts, as they plan to spend $60 million on statehouse races nationwide this cycle, with a focus on flipping GOP majorities in Arizona and New Hampshire, as well as the Pennsylvania Senate.

This victory is seen as a positive sign for Democrats in the upcoming elections, and the committee is hopeful that it will lead to more wins for the party in statehouses across the country.  

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