A midstate prosecutor faces off against a college professor in race for state Senate seat left vacant by Folmer’s arrest

The outcome won't change the power balance in the 50-seat Senate.

  • The Associated Press

(Lebanon) — Voters in a south-central Pennsylvania legislative district will pick a new state senator in a special election.

Today’s election pits Lebanon Valley College history professor Michael Schroeder, a Democrat, against Lebanon County District Attorney David Arnold, a Republican.

The winner will replace Mike Folmer, a four-term Republicanwho resigned in September after being arrested on charges of possessing child pornography.

The district leans heavily Republican.

The outcome won’t change the power balance in the 50-seat Senate, since Republicans hold a 27-21 majority, with one independent who caucuses with Republicans.

The Lebanon County-based 48th Senate district also includes portions of Dauphin and York counties.

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