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By The Associated Press
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008
 

PHILADELPHIA -- Democrats have added two districts now held by Republicans to their total in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The GOP, however, has claimed the defeat of a member of Democratic leadership.

Democrats took over Republican seats in Lycoming County and Philadelphia. Rep. Dan Surra of Elk County, the Democrats' caucus administrator, failed in his bid for re-election Tuesday.

In a closely watched legislative race, House Majority Leader Bill DeWeese is holding an 8-percentage-point lead with 89 percent of the vote counted.

Election returns are too incomplete to say whether Democrats will hold onto their one-seat majority in the House. Republican control of the state Senate is not expected to change.

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