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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Democrats are claiming victory in special elections to fill two vacant Pennsylvania state House seats. Movita Johnson-Harrell claimed victory Tuesday night in the election to a West Philadelphia seat, while Bridget Malloy Kosierowski claimed victory in a Scranton-area district.

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Both seats were occupied most recently by Democrats, Lackawanna County Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich and Philadelphia Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown.

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Kavulich died in office in October, but his name was still on the ballot unopposed and he was re-elected in the November election. Lowery Brown resigned after being sentenced to probation in November for a bribery conviction. The two-year terms end in January 2021.

Republicans still hold the state House majority with 110 members. Democrats now have 93 seats.

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