Pennsylvania Attorney General election, 2016

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  Josh Shapiro.jpg John Rafferty.jpg
Nominee Josh Shapiro John Rafferty Jr.
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 3,057,010 2,891,325
Percentage 51.39% 48.61%

2016 Pennsylvania Attorney General Election Results.svg
Election results by county
Shapiro:
     50–60%      60–70%      80–90%
Rafferty:
     50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%

Attorney General before election

Bruce Beemer
Democratic

Elected Attorney General

Josh Shapiro
Democratic

The Pennsylvania Attorney General election of 2016 took place on November 8, 2016, to elect a new Pennsylvania Attorney General. Incumbent Kathleen Kane originally indicated her intention to seek re-election, but dropped out after she was criminally charged with violating grand jury secrecy laws stemming from alleged leaks of grand jury investigation details to embarrass a political enemy.[1][2] Democratic nominee and County Commissioner Josh Shapiro defeated Republican state senator John Rafferty Jr. by a margin of 2.78%.

Democratic primary

Candidates

Declared

Withdrawn

Endorsements

John Morganelli
Individuals
Josh Shapiro
Presidents
U.S. Senators
Former Assistant U.S. Attorneys
  • Jack Stollsteimer, former Delaware County Assistant District Attorney, former Assistant United States Attorney and former 2016 Attorney General candidate[11]
Governors
State executive officials
State legislators
Mayors and other municipal leaders
Labor unions
Organizations
Newspapers
Stephen Zappala
Individuals
Organizations
  • Western Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association[18]

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Kathleen
Kane
John
Morganelli
Josh
Shapiro
Stephen
Zappala
Other Undecided
Harper Polling January 22–23, 2016 640 ± 3.81% 31% 9% 13% 18% 30%
12% 19% 20% 49%

Results

2016 Pennsylvania Attorney General Democratic primary results
  Shapiro—80-90%
  Shapiro—60-70%
  Shapiro—50-60%
  Shapiro—40-50%
  Shapiro—30-40%
  Zappala—40-50%
  Zappala—50-60%
  Zappala—60-70%
  Zappala—70-80%
  Morganelli—30-40%
  Morganelli—40-50%
  Morganelli—60-70%
  Morganelli—70-80%
2016 Pennsylvania Attorney General Democratic primary results[19]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Josh Shapiro 718,730 47.08
Democratic Stephen Zappala 559,245 36.63
Democratic John Morganelli 248,560 16.28
Total votes 1,526,535 100.00

Republican primary

Candidates

Declared

Withdrawn

Declined

Results

2016 Pennsylvania Attorney General Republican primary results
  Rafferty—80-90%
  Rafferty—70-80%
  Rafferty—60-70%
  Rafferty—50-60%
  Peters—50-60%
  Peters—70-80%
  Peters—80-90%
2016 Pennsylvania Attorney General Republican primary results[19]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Rafferty 815,596 63.84
Republican Joe Peters 461,996 36.16
Total votes 1,277,592 100.00

General election

Predictions

Source Ranking
Governing[24] Tossup

Results

2016 Pennsylvania Attorney General general election results[19]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Josh Shapiro 3,057,010 51.39%
Republican John Rafferty 2,891,325 48.61%
Total votes 5,948,335 100.00%

References

  1. ^ Maher, Kris (August 6, 2015). "Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane Charged With Obstruction, Perjury". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
  2. ^ Bacon, John (August 6, 2015). "Pa. attorney general charged with perjury, obstructing justice". USA Today. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
  3. ^ "John Morganelli says he'll run for Pennsylvania attorney general". The Morning Call. December 15, 2015. Retrieved January 28, 2016.
  4. ^ Field, Nick (January 11, 2016). "BREAKING: Report: Shapiro to Run for Attorney General". PoliticsPA. Retrieved January 28, 2016.
  5. ^ Field, Nick (December 16, 2015). "Zappala Kicks Off AG Campaign". PoliticsPA. Retrieved January 28, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Potter, Chris (November 19, 2015). "Pittsburgh attorney David Fawcett to run for state attorney general". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved January 28, 2016.
  7. ^ Field, Nick (January 19, 2016). "Fawcett Drops Out of AG Race". PoliticsPA. Retrieved January 28, 2016.
  8. ^ Field, Nick (January 9, 2016). "Kane Now Says She'll Run for Re-Election". PoliticsPA. Retrieved January 28, 2016.
  9. ^ Field, Nick (February 16, 2016). "BREAKING: Kane Announces She Won't Run for Re-Election". PoliticsPA. Retrieved February 16, 2016.
  10. ^ Addy, Jason (August 13, 2015). "Stollsteimer to Run for AG". PoliticsPA. Retrieved January 28, 2016.
  11. ^ a b Field, Nick (January 20, 2016). "BREAKING: Stollsteimer Drops Out, Endorses Shapiro". PoliticsPA. Retrieved January 28, 2016.
  12. ^ a b c Calabrese, Chris (January 20, 2016). "Morganelli Gains Support of 3 Prosecutors". PoliticsPA. Retrieved January 28, 2016.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an Who’s supporting who? The Pa. endorsements you need to know about before Tuesday
  14. ^ a b c Field, Nick (January 25, 2016). "Three Mayors Endorse Shapiro for AG". PoliticsPA. Retrieved January 28, 2016.
  15. ^ Field, Nick (January 14, 2016). "Clarke Endorses Shapiro for AG". PoliticsPA. Retrieved January 28, 2016.
  16. ^ "Official Endorsements". Libertycity.org. Retrieved 2016-04-02.
  17. ^ Field, Nick (February 16, 2016). "Stack Endorses Zappala for AG". PoliticsPA. Retrieved February 16, 2016.
  18. ^ Field, Nick (January 28, 2016). "Zappala Wins Support of Western PA Police". PoliticsPA. Retrieved January 28, 2016.
  19. ^ a b c 2016 Presidential Primary Archived 2016-04-30 at the Wayback Machine
  20. ^ Aupperlee, Aaron (February 4, 2016). "2nd Republican seeks nomination in state attorney general race". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved February 16, 2016.
  21. ^ Addy, Jason (June 17, 2015). "Rafferty Announces Attorney General Campaign". PoliticsPA. Retrieved January 14, 2016.
  22. ^ Field, Nick (December 19, 2015). "BREAKING: Stephens Drops Out of AG Race". PoliticsPA. Retrieved January 14, 2016.
  23. ^ Aupperlee, Aaron (January 12, 2015). "Heidelbaugh says one term is enough on Allegheny County Council". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved January 28, 2016.
  24. ^ "4 States Have Competitive Attorney General Races in 2016". http://www.governing.com. 2016-03-14. Retrieved 2016-04-27. External link in |publisher= (help)

External links

Official campaign websites
  • Dave Fawcett for Attorney General
  • Joe Peters for Attorney General
  • John Rafferty for Attorney General
  • Josh Shapiro for Attorney General
  • Todd Stephens for Attorney General
  • Jack Stollsteimer for Attorney General
  • Stephen Zappala for Attorney General