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GOP eyes long-term shift in Pennsylvania after Trump's win

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 20, 2016 8:47 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- The unexpected wave of support in Pennsylvania for President-elect Donald Trump could signal a long-term shift to the GOP, even though growing political dichotomies may defy that trend.

Republicans expanded control of the state Legislature despite a strong Democratic Party registration advantage.

Meanwhile, the state's growing geographic divide played a forceful role in the election. Trump was helped by Democrats' defections in conservative northeastern and western parts of the state, while Republicans in increasingly liberal southeastern Pennsylvania turned against him.

For some, Trump's victory signals a more permanent change.

Republican Party Chairman Rob Gleason says it shows Pennsylvania is a Republican state, while Democratic Party Chairman Marcel Groen says that it remains a "purple" state and that Trump didn't necessarily change its politics.

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