GOP-endorsed candidates win judicial nods in Pa.

    Republican voters in Pennsylvania have nominated candidates endorsed by party leaders in the two statewide races in the 2011 primary.

    GOP voters nominated Harrisburg lawyer Vic Stabile for an open seat on the state Superior Court with 64 percent of the vote, turning back a bid by Philadelphia Judge Paula Patrick.

    Stabile will take on Democrat David Wecht, an Allegheny County judge who was unopposed yesterday, in the Nov. 8 general election.

    Republicans also nominated New Hope lawyer Anne Covey for an opening on the state Commonwealth Court. She claimed 70 percent of the vote to defeat Philadelphia Judge Paul Panepinto.

    The Democratic race for Commonwealth Court voters between Doylestown lawyer Kathryn Boockvar, the party-backed candidate, and Pittsburgh lawyer Barbara Behrend Ernsberger remains too close to call.

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