Less moderates in the general assembly after midterms

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Democrats won several House and Senate seats on Election Day last week, most of them against moderate Republicans.

Now, with less moderates in the general assembly, some are wondering if both sides will be able to work together in the future.

Democrats were able to turn at least 12. State House and four state Senate seats from red to blue, thanks to a blue wave in the Philadelphia area of the state. But it comes at the expense of moderate Republicans.

“The southeast collar counties are changing,” said Jim Lee.

Jim Lee with Susquehanna Polling and Research points to the Philadelphia suburbs, of Bucks, Delaware, Chester, and Montgomery counties, as the biggest factor in Democrats gaining seats in the Pennsylvania House and Senate last Tuesday.

“All four counties are really trending Democrat, partly because the kind of voters there now are very, very progressive,” said Lee.

The biggest losers in the blue wave, though aren’t hard-right conservatives, but rather, moderate Republicans.

“There’s no point in electing a Republican moderate when you can have a Democratic liberal,” said Lee. “And that’s the choice.”

Moderates like Marguerite Quinn or Senator John Rafferty, who both lost their races Tuesday.

“Rafferty, McGarrigle, Marguerite Quinn. They’re not conservatives. They’re moderate Republicans,” said Lee.

Democrats are also losing moderates, like Representatives Bryan Barbin and Dom Costa. But Lee believes Republicans, now with a smaller majority, will still be more willing to compromise moving forward.

“The working majority the House has is smaller, and as a result, it will need to probably negotiate a little more with the Governor on fiscal issues and so on,” said Lee.

Republicans still have a majority in the state House and Senate, but lost their veto proof majority in the Senate, which could mean even more reason to try to find compromise in the future.

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