John Hanger quitting Democratic race for governor

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 13, 2014 9:27 AM

(Harrisburg) -- John Hanger is dropping out of the Democratic nomination race for governor.

His political director, Roger Cohen, confirms Hanger will announce his exit from the race at a Capitol news conference. It comes two days after Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz ended her candidacy.

Hanger, who became the first Democratic to announce his candidacy in November 2012, is a former state environmental protection secretary and former state utility regulator. As a candidate, he was a vocal advocate of legalizing marijuana and taxing its sale.

Hanger's exit from the race leaves five candidates in the Democratic primary race: York businessman Tom Wolf, state Treasurer Rob McCord, Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, former state environmental protection secretary Katie McGinty and former state Auditor General Jack Wagner.

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