The Latest: Democrats claim victory in another Philly suburb

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on Pennsylvania's election results on Tuesday (all times local):

12 a.m.

Another suburban Philadelphia county has flipped to Democratic control.

Democrats declared victory late Tuesday night in races for the Chester County board of commissioners, beating two Republican incumbents and saying they are taking control for the first time ever.

Democrats also declared victory in three races Tuesday night for Delaware County's five-member council to take control there for the first time since the Civil War.

Long a bastion of Republican support, Philadelphia's heavily populated suburbs are becoming increasingly liberal, a trend that has accelerated since Donald Trump's election as president.

Democrats were also fighting for control of Bucks County's board of commissioners, where they last had control for four years in the 1980s.

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11:45 p.m.

A four-way contest for two open seats on Pennsylvania's statewide appellate Superior Court remains too close to call.

With 89% percent of precincts reporting at 11:30 p.m., a Republican, Chester County prosecutor Megan King, and a Democrat, Philadelphia Judge Daniel McCaffery, were in the lead, each with more than 25% of the vote.

They were trailed by Democrat Amanda Green-Hawkins, a longtime steelworkers' union lawyer from Pittsburgh, and Republican Christylee Peck, a Cumberland County judge. About 35,000 votes separated the top three vote-getters — McCaffery, King and Green-Hawkins — out of more than 4.4 million cast.

The 15-seat court handles civil and criminal appeals from Pennsylvania's county courts.

Judges serve 10-year terms and run for reelection in up-or-down retention races. The court currently has eight Republicans and six Democrats, with one Republican not running for another term.

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11:15 p.m.

Democrats are taking control in a suburban Philadelphia county that's been under Republican control since the Civil War.

Democrats declared victory in three races Tuesday night for Delaware County's five-member council, sweeping Republicans entirely from what had been an all-Republican panel just a couple years ago.

Long a bastion of Republican support, Philadelphia's heavily populated suburbs are becoming increasingly liberal, a trend that has accelerated since Donald Trump's election as president.

Democrats were also fighting for control of Bucks County's board of commissioners, where they last had control for four years in the 1980s.

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11 p.m.

Reading, Pennsylvania's fifth-most populous city, will have its first Latino mayor.

Democrat Eddie Moran declared victory Tuesday in a city where almost two-thirds of the residents are Latino.

The insurance agent also serves on the school board in the heavily Democratic city. He beat Republican Louis Perugini for the open seat.

Moran was born in Puerto Rico and grew up in New York. He moved to Reading 12 years ago.

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10 p.m.

Philadelphia's Democratic mayor has easily won a second term after a lively four years that included defying President Donald Trump on immigration issues.

Jim Kenney defeated Republican challenger Billy Ciancaglini in Tuesday's election in the heavily Democratic city that is the nation's sixth-most populous.

Kenney's first term was eventful, from antagonizing Trump over Philadelphia's sanctuary city status to carrying through on his top priority, a tax on soda and other sweetened beverages to fund pre-kindergarten classes and other community projects.

In recent months, he has faced a rising tide of gun violence, a major hospital closing and an explosion at a large oil refinery that closed after a devastating fire.

In the meantime, Kenney is backing a legal battle to open a supervised injection site to fight an opioid crisis that's among the worst in the U.S.

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9 p.m.

There have been reports of long voter waits in Pennsylvania as 45 of 67 counties used new voting systems.

Polls closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Just after, York County apologized for long voter waits and inconveniences. The county says one machine per polling place wasn't enough and it misjudged how long it would take to scan ballot sheets.

Charlie O'Neill, the state GOP's deputy executive director, says the party fielded complaints from across the state about long wait times tied to new voting systems. O'Neill says there's been a lack of leadership from Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.

However, Wolf's top elections official, Kathy Boockvar, reported no widespread problems.

Wolf last year ordered counties to buy new paper-based voting systems before the 2020 presidential election as a bulwark against hacking.

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7 a.m.

Pennsylvania's municipal elections feature contests for two statewide appellate judgeships, as well as some potential firsts in local contests.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Republicans and Democrats are vying on ballots statewide for two open seats on the appellate-level Superior Court.

There's also a referendum on writing specific rights for crime victims into the state constitution, although it's being challenged in court.

Philadelphia's Democratic mayor, Jim Kenney, is likely headed for another four-year term. So is Allegheny County's Democratic executive, Rich Fitzgerald.

In Pennsylvania's fifth-most populous city, the majority-Latino city of Reading (REH'-ding) is poised to elect its first Latino mayor, Democrat Eddie Moran.

Meanwhile, Democrats are trying to take control in more counties surrounding Philadelphia for the first time in decades.