2010-02-11 / Local & State

Democrats Will Have Open Primary For Governor

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s Democratic State Committee won’t be making an endorsement in the contest for the gubernatorial nomination.

Two separate votes Saturday failed to produce the necessary two-thirds majority for any of the candidates.

State Auditor General Jack Wagner attracted the most support but fell far short of the total needed for an endorsement. Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato finished second.

The state committee also endorsed former Philadelphia city controller Jonathan Saidel for nomination as lieutenant governor.

Earlier Saturday, the committee voted overwhelmingly to endorse Republican-turned-Democrat U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter for nomination for a sixth Senate term.

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