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Wolf’s 2nd Term Comes With Evolving GOP Identity In Capitol


HARRISBURG (AP) – With Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf’s second term ready to begin, perhaps the biggest question at the state Capitol is how Republicans who control the Legislature will re-emerge after suffering some losses in the Nov. 6 election. The Republican majorities remain substantial, but they’re going to be the smallest since Wolf became governor in 2015. And given GOP losses in southeastern Pennsylvania seats, Republicans generally agree that their majorities are shifting to the right. In the two-year session beginning in January, Republicans will control a minority of the seats in Philadelphia’s four heavily populated suburban counties, long a core element of their legislative majorities and their moderate bloc. That leaves Republican majorities more reliant on central and western Pennsylvania districts. That might mean fewer GOP intra-party fights or a more cohesive caucus in partisan showdowns with Wolf.

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