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No clear favorite in race for Philadelphia's top prosecutor

Written by MaryClaire Dale/Associated Press | May 16, 2017 3:22 PM
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(Philadelphia) -- The typically sedate race for Philadelphia District Attorney is an intriguing contest this year.

Eight newcomers are vying for the job that helps shape city policy on sanctuary cities, police use of force, prison reform and other national issues.

Seven are Democrats seeking to succeed two-term Democrat Seth Williams, who goes on trial next month in a federal bribery case. They include a Pakistani-American, a Cuban-American, a black Muslim and a white civil rights lawyer, Larry Krasner, who has defended Occupy Philadelphia and Black Lives Matter protesters. He also enjoys a nearly $1.5 million boost from liberal billionaire George Soros.

No clear favorite has emerged despite the Soros money and endorsements spread across the field.

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