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Democrats divided in high-profile primary races

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 6, 2016 9:33 AM
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(Hershey) -- Pennsylvania's Democratic Party committee members nearly gave an endorsement in the contested primary race for state attorney general, but were more divided between the candidates running for U.S. senator. 

As a result, the candidates in both primary contests will run without the party's explicit backing after Saturday's committee meeting in Hershey.

Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala won 63 percent in the attorney general's race, just shy of the 67 percent needed for the endorsement. Katie McGinty came closest to winning the endorsement vote for U.S. senator, scoring 173 votes to Joe Sestak's 149.

Still, a strong showing doesn't guarantee success in the primary and chairman Marcel Groen says winning it is just ``bragging rights.''

Democrats this year want to unseat Republican U.S. Senator Pat Toomey and keep a Democrat in the attorney general's office. The embattled Attorney General Kathleen Kane isn't seeking re-election.

The primary election is April 26.

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