Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (AP) – Pennsylvania Democrats on Tuesday nominated their gubernatorial candidate for deputy chief, electing state representative Austin Davis as governor-candidate for the fall election.
Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who was elected governor by Democrats, backed Davis, not state representative Brian Sims, who led a vigorous campaign but lagged far behind Davis.
In a contest of nine Republican candidates for lieutenant governor, Kerry State Representative Lewis DelRasa of Allegheny County jumped to the leader as votes were still being counted.
Davis, a McCisport resident, has been a state representative since 2018 and is a former aide to the executive branch of Allegheny County Rich Fitzgerald, a well-known elected Democrat.
In Pennsylvania, candidates for governor and lieutenant governor do not participate in the primary vote, but they are nominated as a ticket in the fall.
The lieutenant governor is the chairman of the Pardon Council and is the chairman of the sessions of the state Senate.
Pennsylvania voters on Tuesday also voted in the primary for 17 seats in Congress. The state’s delegation to the state’s House of Representatives numbered 18 people – nine Democrats and nine Republicans – before one delegate was lost due to the 2020 census.
In the state House of Representatives, three races pitted incumbent leaders in constituencies where the first winner is likely to be sworn in in January.
To the north-west of Harrisburg, Perry Stambo’s representative faced a primaries from the Republican Party against Jonathan Hershey. Southwest of Allentown, Republican Ryan Mackenzie and Gary Day held it. And in Philadelphia met representatives of the Democratic Party Isabella Fitzgerald and Chris Rabb.