May 16, 2017

Philly reacts on Twitter to Larry Krasner's win in Democratic race for D.A.

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Larry Krasner.

Philadelphia voters who turned out on Tuesday for the Democratic primary election picked reform-minded defense attorney Larry Krasner over eight other candidates in a race to take the seat of embattled District Attorney Seth Williams, who was indicted earlier this year on corruption and bribery charges.

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Krasner, 56, garnered 38 percent of the vote after 89 percent of city precincts had been tallied, securing a wide margin of victory over prosecutor Joe Kahn, his nearest competitor with 21 percent of the vote.

Throughout the campaign, Krasner distinguished himself as a progressive who would end mass incarceration, free wrongfully convicted prisoners and treat addiction as an illness rather than a crime. He also pledged not to pursue the death penalty, end civil asset forfeiture and scale back prosecution of low-level marijuana offenses.

News of Krasner's primary victory, widely presumed to be a lock for the election against lone Republican candidate Beth Grossman, provoked a range of reactions on social media.