Nation: Deadlock

An election tie that binds

On Nov. 7 Pennsylvania voters elected exactly 101 Republicans and 101 Democrats to their state's 203-seat legislature. And the race for the remaining seat ended in a tie (8,551 votes apiece) between a Democrat and a Republican. Since the legislature could not deal with such matters as choosing a speaker until the tie was broken, it seemed that the two candidates might have to settle their contest by drawing lots. Last week, however, a recount in the deadlocked district showed that Incumbent Kenneth Cole, a Democrat, had actually won by 14 votes....

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