Special election set to fill the remainder of Rep. Murphy's term

Rep. Tim Murphy's last day in office after scandal

HARRISBURG, Pa. — HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania will hold a special election March 13 to fill the remainder of disgraced U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy's term.

Monday's announcement by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf puts the campaigns of at least nine would-be Republican and Democratic candidates into high gear to become their party's nominee.

Murphy's last day was Saturday.

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The anti-abortion lawmaker resigned after his hometown newspaper, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, published text messages three weeks ago that revealed he had suggested a mistress get an abortion when they thought she might be pregnant.

The 18th District seat has a majority of registered Democrats in it, but is considered Republican-friendly. Republican Donald Trump beat Democrat Hillary Clinton there by a margin of three-to-two.

Next year's primary and general elections will determine who holds the seat in the 2019-20 term.