2008 Pennsylvania Attorney General election


2008 Pennsylvania Attorney General election

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Nominee Tom Corbett John Morganelli
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 3,002,927 2,619,791
Percentage 52.36% 45.84%

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Election results by county

Corbett:      50-60%      60-70%      70-80%

Morganelli:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

Attorney General before election

Tom Corbett

Elected Attorney General

Tom Corbett

The Pennsylvania Attorney General election of 2008 was held on November 4, 2008. The primary election was held on April 22. As of 2021, this is the last time a Republican was elected Attorney General of Pennsylvania.


Incumbent Republican Tom Corbett of Shaler Township was unopposed in the Republican Party, as he ran for a second term. Democrat John Morganelli of Bethlehem also was unopposed; the Northampton County District Attorney had been defeated in his party's primary for this position in both 2000 and 2004.[1][2] Morganelli attempted to cast himself as a conservative Democrat, and he has shown a strong opposition to illegal immigration; he has testified on this issue before the United States House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims.[3] Libertarian Marakay Rogers, who also ran for governor in 2006 was the third candidate in the field.


On November 4, 2008, Tom Corbett won the Pennsylvania State Attorney General position in the general election.

2008 Pennsylvania Attorney General election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Tom Corbett 3,002,927 52.36
Democratic John Morganelli 2,619,791 45.84
Libertarian Marakay Rogers 109,856 1.89


  1. ^ "Your North Hills: "Pennsylvania General Primary heating up," 20 February 2008". Archived from the original on 9 October 2008. Retrieved 21 April 2009.
  2. ^ Commonwealth of PA - 2004 Elections Information: Attorney General
  3. ^ "USINFO: "John M. Morganelli Testifies on "Local Enforcement of Immigration Laws," 1 October 2003". Archived from the original on 16 May 2008. Retrieved 21 April 2009.

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