Democrats kept their narrow majority in the Pennsylvania state House after winning a special election Tuesday night.
Democrats flipped a net 12 seats in the state House during the midterm elections securing a narrow majority in the House for the first time in over a decade.
However, control of the chamber was again up for grabs on Tuesday after Democratic Rep. Mike Zabel resigned in March over allegations of sexual assault.
Democrat Heather Boyd, a former state legislative and congressional aide, defeated Republican Katie Ford in the special election for the seat in the Philadelphia suburbs on Tuesday, the Associated Press projected.
President Joe Biden endorsed Boyd in the high stakes race Monday, calling her “an experienced public servant who will protect a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions, stand up for common sense gun safety laws and expand access to voting rights,” according to the AP.
Boyd’s win give Democrats continued control over how the House will handle crucial topics like abortion and gun rights. It is also win for first term Democratic Gov. Josh Shapiro who would have had to face roadblock from a Republican controlled House a s Senate if Boyd had lost the election.
In another House special election on Tuesday, Republican Michael Stender held on to the GOP seat, defeating Democrat Trevor Finn