Dems celebrate sweep of 3 open seats on state high court


HARRISBURG — Democrats are jubilant over their impending takeover of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

The party won all of an unprecedented three seats in Tuesday's statewide balloting, claiming a 5-2 majority that could help shape the next legislative redistricting after the 2020 census.

The justices-elect are Superior Court judges David Wecht and Christine Donohue of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia Judge Kevin Dougherty.

Wecht says he thinks his focus on ethical issues made a difference and that he hopes the high court has put its trials and tribulations behind it. He says Pennsylvanians are entitled to justices who are focused on the law, not other things.

Donohue says she was impressed by the Democrats' unity and that she's "tickled' to be elected to the court. She calls her election victory a humbling experience.