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Look Who’s Coming to Congress: Pennsylvania Women

The delegation will likely add several women to its ranks.

The Capitol Dome of the Capitol Building at sunrise, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, in Washington. After another government shutdown, congress has passed a sweeping long term spending bill which President Donald Trump is expected to sign later this morning.
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Kyle Trygstad
May 16, 2018, 9:18 a.m.

Four Democratic women emerged from Philadelphia-area primaries Tuesday strongly positioned to be elected to the House in November.

The potential new members are part of an overall Pennsylvania delegation shakeup, thanks to a court-ordered congressional map and a flood of open seats. But the development is particularly notable given that the state doesn’t currently have any female representation on Capitol Hill.

Based on the freshly redrawn lines, the apparent political environment, and their general-election opponent, most of these candidates probably just cleared their greatest hurdle en route to Congress: state Rep. Madeleine Dean in the Montgomery County-based 4th District; former school board President Mary Gay Scanlon in the Delaware County-based 5th District; Air Force veteran Chrissy Houlahan in the Chester County-based 6th District; and former Allentown city solicitor Susan Wild in the Lehigh Valley-based 7th District.

Wild may face the most competitive general election of the four nominees. Regardless, Pennsylvania Democrats are staring down their most promising cycle of House elections since winning 12 of 19 seats in 2008.

Kyle Trygstad

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