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Filing deadline report: Crowded field in Pennsylvania

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March 12, 2014


By Garrett Fortin

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Two state executive positions are up for election in 2014 in the state of Pennsylvania: governor and lieutenant governor.

The primary election is scheduled for May 20, 2014. Pennsylvania is one of 12 states to use a strictly closed primary process. Voters are required to register with a political party to vote in the primary election.[1][2][3]

Both incumbents are seeking re-election. They are:

Yesterday, March 11, the filing period for major party primary candidates came to a close. The following list of candidates is current as of March 12, 2014.

A total of 15 candidates filed for the 2 offices - 3 Republicans and 12 Democrats.


Lt. Governor

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  1. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  2. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  3. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  4. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2013-2014 Gubernatorial Races," accessed March 11, 2013
  5. The Republic, "Conservative activist Bob Guzzardi says he aims to challenge Corbett in Pa. GOP primary," Decamber 31, 2013
  6. PoliticsPA, "Exclusive: McGinty to Launch Guv Exploratory Committee," March 18, 2013
  7. The Associated Press, "AP: Ex-revenue chief Tom Wolf running for Pa. gov," April 2, 2013 (dead link)
  8. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named bradylikes
  9. Philly.com, "State Treasurer joins race for governor," September 24, 2013
  10. Trib-Live, Wagner mulls gubernatorial run, August 17, 2013]
  11. PoliticsPA, "State Sen. Stack Passes on Guv Run, Seeks LG Instead," October 17, 2013
  12. The Sentinel, "ex-Rep. Mark Critz seeking Dem nod for lieutenant governor," August 15, 2013
  13. The Associated Press- abc27.com, "Harrisburg council member runs for lt. governor," February 5, 2013
  14. The Daily Review, "Mark Smith enters Lt. Gov.'s race," February 22, 2013
  15. Centre Daily Times, "Jay Paterno seeking election as Pa. lieutenant governor," February 25, 2014
  16. Politics PA, "PA Dems Endorse Waters & Other State Committee News," January 22, 2014
  17. Politics PA, "Smith Blasts Critz On NRA Support," January 22, 2014