GOP hopes to keep power under new redistricting

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – For the past 3 1/2 years, Republicans have controlled all three power centers in Pennsylvania government – the governorship, both chambers of the Legislature and a majority of the seven-seat Supreme Court.

None of the justices is up for retention in November, but voters will be able to decide whether to return Gov. Tom Corbett and determine the makeup of the 253-member General Assembly.

Both the House and Senate are in Republican hands, 111 to 92 and 27 to 23. This will be the first general election under new redistricting.

Democrats hope they’ll be able to thread the needle in the Senate and retake control for the first time in 20 years. In the House, their hopes are more modest and amount to cutting into the solid Republican advantage.

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