Recent news developments from the last few days will trigger two additional state legislative special elections to be scheduled later this year:
Pennsylvania – As was covered here and here, State Rep. Tom Killion (R) won a special election on Tuesday for the Philadelphia-area State Senate District #9 seat vacated by former Pennsylvania State Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R). Once the results from that contest are certified, Rep. Killion will be sworn in to his new position, which will create a vacancy in his old State House District, #168.
This district generally leans Republican, but will be more competitive in a presidential year. It will also be the first presidential general election for HD #168 using its new boundaries – I have determined that the boroughs & townships that currently comprise the district narrowly voted for Romney in 2012, 51%-48%, and actually slightly favored Democratic incumbent Senator Bob Casey’s re-election.
In all likelihood, the candidates in a special election will be the same as the two winners from Tuesday’s primary who will face each other in November: Democrat Diane Levy and Republican Christopher Quinn.
Mississippi – Democratic State Representative Kimberly Campbell announced today that she will be leaving her state legislative seat by the end of May to become the state director for the AARP. Rep. Campbell has served this area since 2008 and was unopposed for re-election in 2015. Her HD #72 seat is in the Jackson area and is solidly Democratic. Since the Mississippi state legislature has already adjourned their 2016 session, it’s likely that the special election for this seat will be scheduled to coincide with the November general election.