Democrat holds on in northern state House seat

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In a seat spanning Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties, incumbent Jaret Gibbons, D-Franklin, appears to have edged out Republican Michael See in a battle of the thirtysomethings.

Mr. See, 31, of North Sewickley Township, who works in human resources for a steel manufacturer, said in the campaign's closing days that Mr. Gibbons, 32, of Ellwood City, "has been too often pushed by party bosses and by donors to take votes that don't help our district."

But big margins in Lawrence County saved the District 10 Democrat, who said voters "saw past all of the negative attacks."

His goals: "With the Marcellus growth in the region, the new shale cracker plant, and hopefully a new race track in the next year, we can really have a great future."

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Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1542 or Twitter @richelord


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