GOP Dominates State Races

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The Republicans picked up eight seats in the state House and three seats in the state Senate.

In one of many races that Democrats had looked at as winnable but ultimately did not take in the election last week, Marian Mosko­witz, a Chester County Jewish leader who has served on the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s board of trustees, lost to state Rep. Warren Kampf. 
 
The Republicans picked up eight seats in the state House and three seats in the state Senate.
 
“I think this was very much a referendum on President Obama, whose numbers” outside “of Philadelphia are terrible throughout the state,” said Robin Schatz, director of government affairs for the Federation. “I don’t think there were any real surprises.”
 
State Rep. Dan Frankel, a Pittsburgh resident who had been traveling around the state fundraising for Democrats, said before the election he thought the party could win three to five seats in the House this election and hopefully regain a majority in the 2016 election. Kampf, a Republican, won a third term by 15 points over Moskowitz, the owner of Franklin Commons, a converted educational facility in Phoenixville.
 
In another state House race that observers had predicted could be close, in Bucks County, Republican Craig Staats defeated Democrat Karen Chellew by 17 points. He replaces the retiring state Rep. Paul Clymer, who sponsored the Holocaust education bill that became law earlier this year. In Chester County, Republican state Rep. Dan Truitt defeated Democrat Sandra Snyder by 19 points. 
 
Schatz said incoming governor Tom Wolf will face a significant challenge in the legislature, where “it has not been this great of a divide” between parties  “in years, so I think he has his work cut out for him."

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