Still three contenders for Dems’ Pa. attorney general nod

It’s still a three-way race for the Democratic nomination for Pennsylvania attorney teneral.  None of the candidates could lock up a state party endorsement over the weekend.

Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy of Bucks County pulled the most votes in the two ballots that were taken, with Dan McCaffery of Philadelphia second. But no candidate got the majority needed to wrap up a party endorsement. And that, McCaffery said, is enough to keep him in the race.

“I would have preferred to get the endorsement myself but I made it pretty clear that if the party endorsed another candidate I would not run against the party,” said McCaffery, who ran for Philadelphia district attorney in 2010. “So I am pretty excited with an open primary.”

Ex-Lackawanna County prosecutor Kathleen Kane finished third in the balloting. 

Pennsylvania’s primary is April 24.  No Democrat has won the post of attorney general since it was instituted as an elective office back in 1980.

The only Republican seeking support in the race is Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed.  Linda Kelly, whom Tom Corbett named attorney general after Corbett left the job to become governor, is not seeking election.

The only Republican seeking support in the race is Cumberland County DA David Freed.  Linda Kelly, whom Tom Corbett named attorney general after Corbett left the job to become governor, is not seeking election.

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