Dems Elect Dead Guy In Pennsylvania

A Pennsylvania state representative who died last month was reelected during the midterm elections. Democrat Anthony “Tony” DeLuca died Oct. 9 after a battle with lymphoma. He was 85.

“While we’re incredibly saddened by the loss of Representative Tony DeLuca, we are proud to see the voters to continue to show their confidence in him and his commitment to Democratic values by re-electing him posthumously. A special election will follow soon,” Pennsylvania House Democrats said.

Reporter Charlie Wolfson said: “AP calls HD32 race for Tony DeLuca. DeLuca died in October, and there will be a special election to fill this seat.

“Some folks commenting that the voters here were oblivious. Some certainly were.

“But for others, they likely preferred the idea of a special election over electing the third-party candidate on the ballot

“We’ve got three special elections coming our way in Allegheny Co, all of them safe Dem seats. 

“Summer Lee will resign to join Congress, Austin Davis will resign to become lt. gov., and the DeLuca seat.

“Reminder: Candidates are nominated by party committees, not by primaries.”

According to CBS:

Some votes are still being counted, but Pennsylvania Democrats claim they will have at least the 102 seats necessary to flip the state House, party leaders said during a press conference outside Independence Hall on Wednesday.

It would be the first time the Democrats have controlled the House since 2010. 

Democrats haven’t controlled Pennsylvania’s Senate since 1993, but that part of the government will remain under Republican control. 

If the results are confirmed, Pennsylvania is also poised to have its first-ever female speaker of the Pennsylvania House: Joanna McClinton, an African American woman who represents parts of Delaware and Philadelphia counties.