Vacancies to bring change to Pa. Legislature

    The Pennsylvania Legislature’s two-year election cycle will be circling back around in the coming year.

    New district boundaries, a spate of retirements, death and ambition appear destined to usher in more than the usual share of turnover in Harrisburg in 2014.

    Now is the time of year when the campaign battlefield begins to take shape as candidates round up support and make plans to start gathering signatures on nominating petitions by mid-February.

    At least four state senators are leaving and there will be 10 vacant seats in the House, mostly due to retirement.

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    At stake is the partisan balance of the Legislature. It’s currently under Republican control, 27-to-23 in the Senate and 110-to-92 with one vacancy in the House.

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