GOP nets Supreme Court seat; Pittsburgh gets 1st Black mayor

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Published: Nov. 3, 2021 at 1:27 PM EDT
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Republicans in Pennsylvania saw success in voters’ choices to fill open seats on statewide appeals courts.

That includes winning a marquee race for a seat on the state Supreme Court, which nevertheless won’t change the Democrats’ majority on the court.

Amid light turnout around the state, Republican Kevin Brobson beat Democrat Maria McLaughlin in Tuesday’s election. He’ll serve a 10-year term.

Democrats will keep a 5-2 majority there. In Pittsburgh, Democrat Ed Gainey became the first Black mayor of Pennsylvania’s second-most populous city.

He shouted a message of unity to a crowd of cheering supporters, saying they were “one city, one Pittsburgh.”