Pa. Primary wins: Krasner for Philadelphia DA, Rhynhart for Contoller



In the primary, civil rights lawyer Larry Krasner wins the nomination for Philadelphia District Attorney; and Rebecca Rhynhart has defeated incumbent Alan Butkovitz for the Democratic nomination.

A civil rights lawyer who has defended Black Lives Matter and Occupy Philadelphia protesters is poised to become Philadelphia’s next district attorney.

Larry Krasner has never worked as a prosecutor but enjoyed nearly $1.5 million in campaign funding from liberal billionaire George Soros.

Krasner strongly opposes the death penalty and mass incarceration.

Krasner defeated a crowded field that includes veteran prosecutors and a former city manager to win the nomination in the Democrat-heavy city.

Incumbent Democrat Seth Williams is not running for a third term amid federal bribery charges.

Krasner will face the lone Republican candidate, Beth Grossman, in the fall.

In the city controller’s race, Rebecca Rhynhart has defeated incumbent Alan Butkovitz for the Democratic nomination.

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