By handing a historic victory to the first Democrat or woman elected attorney general, Pennsylvania voters signaled a potential change in the state's political landscape that might help right policy missteps by Gov. Corbett on several issues.
While the main story on Election Day was the strong support that coalesced behind President Obama, the local results are noteworthy, too. None more so than Kathleen Kane's victory to become the state's top cop in Harrisburg - the first both from her party and from the ranks of women candidates, who are far too few in statewide politics.
While Kane faced a capable opponent in Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed, she campaigned against the governor's handling as attorney general of the child-sex-abuse investigation of Jerry Sandusky. It's likely Kane also benefited from a gender gap after Corbett stumbled in backing mandatory invasive ultrasound tests prior to an abortion.