Election 2012: Row Office Roundup

Written by Scott Detrow, StateImpact Pennsylvania Reporter | Apr 25, 2012 4:42 AM

Kathleen Kane has defeated Patrick Murphy in the race for the Democratic state Attorney General nomination.

The former Philadelphia-area Congressman had more political star power and money going into the campaign, but Kane ran on her record as a longtime assistant district attorney in Lackawanna County, and won by a 53-47 margin.

The race came down to different styles. Murphy said he’s use the attorney general position as a platform to forward progressive issues, while Kane stuck to a more traditional law-and-order campaign.

Kane will face Cumberland County District Attorney Dave Freed, the Republican nominee, in the fall campaign.

The Auditor General’s race will pit two state representatives against each other. State Representative John Maher won the GOP primary, defeating Frank Pinto by a 66-33 margin. He’ll face another state legislator, York County Democrat Eugene DePasquale, in the general election.

Both Treasurer candidates ran unopposed. Republican Diana Irey Vaughn will challenge incumbent Rob McCord in the fall.

(You can view election results at the Department of State's website.)

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