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Sun Nov 18, 2018, 01:14 AM

Wolf's 2nd term comes with evolving GOP identity in Capitol

HARRISBURG, Pa. With Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's second term effectively underway, perhaps the biggest question in Pennsylvania's Capitol is not how Wolf will govern, but how Republicans who still control the Legislature will re-emerge after suffering losses in the Nov. 6 election.

Wolf's 17-point trouncing of Republican Scott Wagner was hardly a surprise, after Wolf comfortably led polls from the start. And while Republicans expected some losses of seats, they probably didn't envision losing this many.

Republicans expect to have a 29-21 Senate majority and a 110-93 House advantage down from 34-16 in the Senate and 121-82 in the House when the counties finish tabulating votes.

These Republican majorities remain substantial, but they are the smallest since Wolf became governor in 2015 and given significant GOP losses in moderate southeastern Pennsylvania seats Republicans generally agree that their majorities are shifting to the right.

Read more: http://www.phillytrib.com/news/wolf-s-nd-term-comes-with-evolving-gop-identity-in/article_bb3c9c92-ea9f-11e8-a40d-6fdd47fe9bf4.html

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