If at first you don’t succeed …
Democrat Abigail Salisbury, who was defeated by eventual winner Summer Lee in the May 2022 primary, will replace the progressive U.S. Congresswoman in the 34th District after Tuesday’s night win in a special election.
Salisbury defeated Republican Robert Pagane with nearly 87.5 percent of the vote. The victory was not unexpected, as Democrats hold a nearly 6-to-1 voter registration advantage in the District comprised of parts of Pittsburgh, Wilkins Township and the boroughs of Braddock, Braddock Hills, Chalfant, Churchill, East Pittsburgh, Edgewood, Forest Hills, North Braddock, Rankin, Swissvale and Wilkinsburg.
The Swissvale Borough Council president is a small business owner, working as a practicing solo attorney from her office in Swissvale.
Democrats captured all three Allegheny County special elections, to give the party a 102-100 advantage in the Pennsylvania House and a majority for the first time since 2010.
Back in November, Democrats won 102 of the 203 House races, only to lose two seats to resignation for higher office for Lee and Austin Davis, and another with the October passing of long-time state Rep. Tony DeLuca who was re-elected posthumously.
Lee, who won unopposed in November, resigned her seat in December to become the 12th District U.S. House representative.