Kane Wins Attorney General Race; Murphy Takes More Votes in Philly
Critz defeats Altmire in congressional race, Raja wins bitter contest with Mustio for state senate seat.
Lackawanna County Assistant District Attorney Kathleen Kane defeated former military prosecutor Patrick Murphy of Bucks County in the most competitive statewide race on the Democratic side in Tuesday's primary.
Kane will face Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed, who ran unopposed for the Republican nomination. Statewide, she received 52.8 percent of the vote, compared to Murphy's 47.8 percent.
Murphy got 63.4 percent of the vote in Philadelphia. Kane got 50.3 percent of the vote in the 9th Ward, while Murphy got 62.6 percent in the 22nd and 59 percent in the 59th.
Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney had little trouble winning the Pennsylvania Republican primary for president, with his closest competition coming from a man who no longer is in the race.
Romney finished with 57 percent of the vote, followed by former Sen. Rick Santorum at 19 percent. Santorum withdrew from the race earlier this month. Texas congressman Ron Paul finished third with 13 percent, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was last with 11 percent of the vote.
He received 64 percent of the vote in Philadelphia and 47 percent in Ward 22 (Ron Paul got 26 percent there), 78 percent in Ward 9 and 39 percent in Ward 59.
In the U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania, incumbent Sen. Bob Casey of Lackawanna County easily defeated Joseph Vodvarka of Robinson Township, Allegheny County, by a four-to-one margin in the Democratic primary.
Vodvarka, who spent the evening with his family at his home, said he thought his message of fair trade resonated with voters who are concerned about jobs being shipped overseas. He blamed the media for not taking an interest in his campaign, pointing to stories about the Republican U.S. senate candidates and contending there had been a dearth of coverage of his candidacy.
“They mentioned everyone else, but they never said my name,” Vodvarka said. “The media avoided me like the plague.”
Former coal company owner Tom Smith will face Casey in November after winning a five-man race for the Republican nomination.
"The voters declared today that Pennsylvania deserves an auditor for auditor general," Maher said during his victory speech at the Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh South hotel in Bethel Park.
Maher will face York County state representative Eugene DePasquale in November.
"Congratulations to my colleague Congressman Mark Critz on his hard-fought and well-deserved victory in the primary. He has my full support as his campaign moves on to the fall," Altmire said in a statement.
"I want to thank my constituents who supported me by an overwhelming margin in the portion of the new 12th District that I have represented. It is gratifying to know that democratic voters in my current district continue to support me by such a large margin," Altmire said.
Critz will face Republican Tea Party favorite Keith Rothfus of Edgeworth, who nearly defeated Altmire in 2010.
In the race for state treasurer, Washington County Commissioner Diana Irey Vaughan ran unopposed for the Republican nomination. She will face incumbent state treasurer Robert McCord, who was unopposed for the Democratic nomination.