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Updated Nov. 14, 11:15 a.m.: In the Nov. 6 election, Democrat Katie Muth won Pennsylvania’s 44th state Senate District with 52 percent of the vote compared with incumbent Sen. John Rafferty’s 48 percent.
Updated Nov. 9, 12:21 p.m. Editor's note: In an earlier version of this story, we published that "eight women accused powerful Democratic state Sen. Daylin Leach of inappropriate touching and sex talk last year." Readers may have inferred that to mean that all the women were the ones subjected to the alleged behavior. That is not the case. A Philadelphia Inquirer article, which the Center passage paraphrases, states that "eight women and three men recounted instances when Mr. Leach either put his hands on women or steered conversations with young, female subordinates into sexual territory, leaving them feeling upset and powerless to stop the behavior."
NEW YORK — In a pink blazer, Katie Muth is a bright spot in a sea of chic black.
Artsy, bespectacled people in dark clothing surround her on a late September evening at the Lower Eastside Girls Club in the hip neighborhood off Avenue D between 8th and 7th Streets. Books such as “Women of Resistance” and “Grabbing Pussy” are on sale for $20 near boxes of “10 feminist postcards” for $10, wine for $5. Silent auction items cover several long tables, including a week in a country manor in France. The mostly female partygoers commiserate over what so many of them watched on TV that day: a furious Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, testifying to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The cosmopolites are here to raise money for three Democratic candidates, including Muth.
But she won’t be on the ballot in the Big Apple, nor anywhere in New York state.
Instead, roughly 100 miles from here, Muth is running to unseat a Republican incumbent in Pennsylvania’s 44th state Senate District covering the western suburbs of Philadelphia where single-family homes are surrounded by well-trimmed lawns and black is a color worn at funerals.