November 4, 2009

GROWN-UPS VOTE:

In court races, it looks like the GOP cashed in on the low turnout (John Baer, 11/04/09, Philadelphia Daily News)

Pittsburgh Republican Joan Orie Melvin won the bitter if barely visible battle for state Supreme Court against Easton Democrat Jack Panella. With 93 percent of the state vote counted late last night, Orie Melvin held an insurmountable 53-47 lead.

It was a contest fueled by trial lawyers' money and partisan politics in which Orie Melvin was vastly outspent and faced a 1.2 million-voter registration deficit.

She gives the high court (currently 4-3 Democratic) a 4-3 Republican edge starting in January. That puts the GOP in the driver's seat in drawing legislative district lines after the 2010 census, which could impact state politics for a decade.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 4, 2009 6:56 AM
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