Hanger quitting Dem race for Pa. gov
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) John Hanger is dropping out of the Democratic nomination race for Pennsylvania governor.
His political director, Roger Cohen, confirmed Thursday that Hanger will announce his exit from the race at a Capitol news conference.
Hanger, who became the first Democratic to announce his candidacy in November 2012, is a former state environmental protection secretary and former state utility regulator. As a candidate, he was a vocal advocate of legalizing marijuana and taxinig its sale.
Hanger's exit from the race leaves five candidates in the Democratic primary race: York businessman Tom Wolf, state Treasurer Rob McCord, U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, former state environmental protection secretaries Katie McGinty and former state Auditor General Jack Wagner.