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Democrat takes state Senate seat after GOP sued to undo election

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Democratic state senator in Pennsylvania was sworn to his third full term, a week after the chamber’s Republican majority blocked him from taking his Pittsburgh-area seat amid a lawsuit seeking to disqualify ballots that helped him win. Democratic state Sen.

Jim Brewster of Allegheny County made no mention of the fight during his brief swearing-in ceremony in the Senate chamber Wednesday.

The state had certified Brewster’s 69-vote victory, but Republicans last week refused to seat Brewster while a federal court was considering Republican challenger Nicole Ziccarelli’s latest lawsuit to overturn the result.

Republicans relented after U.S. District Judge J. Nicholas Ranjan rejected Ziccarelli’s argument. Ziccarelli afterward conceded.

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