Democrat Helen Tai won a special election for Pennsylvania House District 178, a suburban seat that President Trump won by 3 points in 2016 and that Republicans have held since 1983, bringing the total number of state legislative flips to 41 since Trump’s inauguration.
Tai defeated Republican Wendi Thomas to serve out the remaining six months of former state Rep. Scott Petri’s (R) term. Petri resigned to take over the Philadelphia Parking Authority.
Tai said that her victory was a part of “the big blue wave”, according to The Intelligencer.
“I think [this is happening] because people are so determined and they’ve said ‘enough of this,’” Tai said. “The wave is saying ‘we need to do what’s right.’”
Republicans also flipped a state House seat, making the election a “draw,” according to Politics PA. GOP candidate Tim O’Neal defeated Democrat Clark Mitchell by 11 points to fill a seat that had been in Democratic hands since 1988.
The Hill added:
GOP candidate Tim O’Neal defeated Democrat Clark Mitchell by 11 points to fill a seat that had been in Democratic hands since 1988. O’Neal, who also ran unopposed in the GOP primary, will take on Mitchell again in the November election for the full two-year term. The seat was vacated by state Rep. Brandon Neuman (D) who stepped down when he was sworn in as a judge near Pittsburgh.