Democrat Sabatina wins Stack’s Philadelphia Senate seat

Democrat John Sabatina Jr. will join the Pennsylvania state Senate and take the northeast Philadelphia seat left vacant when Mike Stack became lieutenant governor.

Sabatina beat Republican Timothy Dailey in Tuesday’s special election to pick Stack’s successor in the Senate’s Fifth District seat.

The 44-year-old Sabatina will join the Democratic minority in the Senate, where Republicans outnumber Democrats 30-19. Sabatina, a lawyer, is in his ninth year as a representative in the Pennsylvania state House.

Dailey is a Catholic high school teacher and a political unknown.

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