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Pa. Supreme Court races only the start of turnover on the bench

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 7, 2015 4:06 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- The three open seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court present important opportunities for the Republican and Democratic parties as they vie for control of the state's highest court. 

If the Democrats win all three seats in the November 3 election, they would be positioned to control the court until at least 2026.

That's long enough to oversee the often-politicized redistricting that will follow the next census.

If the Republicans win all three, the GOP would keep control until at least 2018. 

If neither party takes all the seats, turnover will make it harder to predict the court's future partisan makeup.

Over the next three years, three of the four sitting justices will be forced to step down as they reach the mandatory retirement age of 70.  

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