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November 08, 2016

Shapiro elected attorney general; DePasquale wins auditor general


Democrat nominee Josh Shapiro, a county commissioner and former state representative, was elected Pennsylvania's newest attorney general against Republican John Rafferty, a state senator since 2003 and former deputy attorney general

Shapiro won the race, 51.4 to 48.6 percent, against Rafferty with 94 percent of the vote, according to unofficial tallies.

Thanks to the unraveling of former state Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who was found guilty of perjury and criminal conspiracy, an open seat battle played out between the two Montgomery County candidates.


Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, a Democrat,  won in his re-election against Republican John Brown, Green Party candidate John Sweeney and Libertarian Roy Minet.

DePasquale led the other candidates with close to 50.1 percent of the vote, according to the Associated Press. Brown had 45 percent of the vote, while Sweeney came in 2.7 percent and Minet with 2.2 percent.


Democrat Joe Torsella won the open seat race for state treasurer, Republican Otto Voit, Green Party candidate Kristin Combs and Libertarian James Babb.

The Associated Press called the race shortly after midnight. Torsella came in with 50.8 percent of the vote, while Voit tread behind with 44.1 percent. Combs has almost 3 percent of the vote and Babb lagged behind with 2.3 percent.

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