2012 Pennsylvania Attorney General election


2012 Pennsylvania Attorney General election

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Nominee Kathleen Kane David Freed
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 3,125,557 2,313,506
Percentage 56.14% 41.56%

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Election results by county
Kane:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%
     40–50%      50–60%      60–70%

Attorney General before election

Linda L. Kelly

Elected Attorney General

Kathleen Kane

The Pennsylvania Attorney General election of 2012 was held on November 6, 2012. The primary election was held on April 24.[1][2]


David Freed, the district attorney of Cumberland County, ran unopposed in the Republican primary. Kathleen Kane, a former assistant district attorney in Lackawanna County faced former U.S. Representative Patrick Murphy in the primary to become the Democratic nominee. Kane was victorious in this race by a margin of 52.8% to 47.2%[1] Marakay Rogers was the Libertarian candidate.[2]


On November 6, 2012, Kathleen Kane defeated David Freed and Marakay Rogers to be elected Attorney General of Pennsylvania. She was the first Democrat elected to the office ever since it became an elected position in 1980.

Pennsylvania Attorney General election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kathleen Kane 3,125,557 56.14
Republican David Freed 2,313,506 41.56
Libertarian Marakay Rogers 128,140 2.30
Total votes 5,567,203 100.00
Democratic gain from Republican


  1. ^ a b "2012 General Primary - Attorney General". Pennsylvania Department of State. Retrieved 20 November 2012.
  2. ^ a b "2012 General Election - Attorney General". Pennsylvania Department of State. Retrieved 20 November 2012.