Four-term Pennsylvania GOP Rep. Tom Marino announced that he'll resign next week to take an unspecified job in the private sector, creating a second House vacancy. But unlike North Carolina's 9th District, where state election officials refused to certify November's results and the legal path forward remains murky, the special election to replace Marino in a solidly red swath of north-central Pennsylvania should be more straightforward. Marino's exit isn't a surprise: in 2017, President Trump nominated the former federal prosecutor to be the White House's drug czar before a "60 Minutes" report alleged he had sponsored legislation favored by several drug companies that would have made it harder to combat the opioid crisis. Marino, one of Trump's earliest endorsers, withdrew from consideration and won reelection with 66 percent last fall. Under Pennsylvania law, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf has ten days to issue a writ of election following Marino's resignation and must select a special election date no earlier than 60 days after issuing the writ. No primaries will be held; rather party committees will select nominees. Democrats have pulled off
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