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Election Results: Shapiro Claims Win In Attorney General Race

November 9, 2016

Attorney General

With votes still being counted, Democrat Josh Shapiro is claiming victory as Pennsylvania’s next attorney general.

He would take over an office racked by turmoil over the arrest and conviction of Kathleen Kane, who held the office until August.

The county commissioner from the Philadelphia suburbs battled Republican state Sen. John Rafferty.

The next attorney general will be the agency’s fourth leader since Democrat Kane stepped down after being convicted of leaking secret grand jury material and lying about it.

Kane has been sentenced to 10 to 23 months in prison.

The attorney general is Pennsylvania’s top-ranking law enforcement official. The agency has more than 800 employees.

-- Associated Press

Auditor General

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, a Democrat, faces Republican Challenger John Brown, the Northampton County executive and former Bangor mayor. Libertarian Roy Minet, a business software designer, and the Green Party’s John Sweeney, an auditor in Falls Township, Wyoming County, also seek the seat.

DePasquale is winning with 50.55 percent of the vote, with 92 percent of precincts counted.

State Treasurer

The state Treasurer’s job is open because Rob McCord pleaded guilty to extortion last year. Democrat Joe Torsella, a Berwick native, has been deputy mayor in Philadelphia, chairman of the state board of education, directed the Constitutional Center in Philadelphia and been a representative to the United Nations for management and reform. The Republican, Otto Voit, a former Army officer, runs a dental supply company and serves on the school board in Muhlenberg. Kristin Combs of the Green Party and Libertarian James Babb also are in the running.

Torsella is ahead with 51.2 percent of the vote, with 43.6 percent of precincts counted.