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The state Capitol in Harrisburg. (Matt Rourke/AP)

(Harrisburg) — The Republican candidate has easily won a special election to retain a seat in the state House in a GOP-leaning district in central Pennsylvania.

David Rowe claimed Tuesday’s special election in parts of Union and Snyder counties by a nearly two-to-one margin over Democrat Jennifer Rager-Kay.

The former incumbent, Republican Representative Fred Keller, was elected to Congress.

With Rowe’s victory, Republicans will have a 110-93 majority over Democrats in the state House.

The 28-year-old Rowe is a fitness business owner and former township commissioner. Rager-Kay is a doctor who lost to Keller last year by a similar margin.