Special election scheduled for late Pennsylvania rep’s seat

A special election will be held to replace a Pennsylvania state lawmaker who died several weeks before voters elected him to another term.

The only question may be who orders the special election.

House Speaker Bryan Cutler on Wednesday ordered the election for Feb. 7 to fill the seat of late Democratic Rep. Tony DeLuca.

Cutler issued the order on the last day of the two-year legislative session, but Democrats may also order a special election for the seat.

Top-ranking Democrat Rep. Joanna McClinton, who is slated to become the House’s next speaker, said she plans to issue her own writ of election on Thursday.

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