Stack wins 5-way race for Dem nod for lieutenant governor

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HARRISBURG (AP) – State Sen. Mike Stack of Philadelphia is the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor in Pennsylvania.


Stack’s victory in Tuesday’s primary means he will be the running mate of millionaire businessman Tom Wolf, who has been chosen by voters to challenge Republican Gov. Tom Corbett in the fall.


Stack defeated former U.S. Rep. Mark Critz of Johnstown, Harrisburg City Councilman Brad Koplinski, state Rep. Brandon Neuman of Washington County and Bradford County Commissioner Mark Smith.


No clear front-runner emerged during the campaign. But Stack raised the most money – more than $1 million.


The lieutenant governor’s duties include presiding over the state Senate. Benefits include a three-story house with a swimming pool, a state vehicle and a salary of nearly $158,000.


With 2,177 of 9,190 precincts reporting statewide, Neuman was fifth in the Democratic lieutenant governor’s race.


Totals were Stack, 78,754; Critz, 29,391; Smith, 24,975; Koplinski, 20,307; and Neuman, 16,861.


In Washington County, Neuman was leading the field with 6,681 votes to 2,343 for Critz, 1,904 for Stack, 496 for Smith and 270 for Koplinski.


In Greene County, with all 44 precincts reporting, Neuman was also outpolling the other candidates, but not with as wide a margin. Here are the totals: Neuman, 1,380; Critz, 1,027; Stack, 621; Smith, 207; and Koplinski, 52.


Neuman, who has represented the 48th Legislative District which includes Washington and Canonsburg since January 2011, was making his first try for statewide office.


He was unopposed in seeking the Democratic nomination for the 48th district seat, where unopposed Republican Sonia Stopperich is challenging him in the fall. Neuman had no opponent in the 2012 primary or general election.


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