- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania Republicans said Wednesday their majority in the state House will be the largest in more than half a century after a sweeping Election Day victory.

The party gained at least eight seats and a western Pennsylvania race in which the incumbent Democrat was holding a narrow lead was considered too close to call.

House Republicans won at least seven contested districts on Tuesday, and added an eighth new member when Karen Klunk, an unopposed Republican, took a York County seat that had been moved from Philadelphia. The district had been vacant since August, when Democratic Rep. Ed Neilson took an at-large spot on the Philadelphia City Council.

Republican leaders are projecting a 119-84 margin in the House, the largest majority since 1958. The House is ending the current session with a 111-92 majority.

Incumbent Democratic Reps. Rick Mirabito, Jesse White and Mark Painter lost, and their party also lost four open contested seats.

Rep. Ted Harhai, D-Westmoreland, had a lead in unofficial tallies of a few hundred votes, with all precincts reporting, over Republican challenger Tom Logan.

The GOP also gained in the Senate, from 27-23 to 30-20, winning two open seats and defeating incumbent Sen. Tim Solobay, D-Washington.

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