Kathleen Kane to be first Female AG in Pa.
Scranton native Kathleen Kane has become the first woman, and first Democrat, to be elected to serve as Pennsylvania attorney general, according to unofficial results.
With 80 percent of the vote in statewide, Kane led the Republican candidate, Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed, with 59 percent of the vote. In Lackawanna County, the margin was even greater, as she led with 72.9 percent of the vote.
In Bradford County, unofficial election results showed Freed with 12,320 votes in the county to Kane's 8,978.
Supporters gathered at the Radisson at Lackawanna Station hotel on Tuesday night, waiting for Kane to make her victory speech.
In her first bid for elected office, the Waverly Township resident was given little chance of winning when she started her campaign. Kane, 46, graduated from the University of Scranton and Temple University School of Law, and spent a dozen years as a Lackawanna County assistant district attorney.
She prosecuted murder cases, helped set up the county court's mental health specialty court, ran the county's first insurance fraud task force and led the grand jury investigation of former Judge Frank Eagen in the 1990s. She left in 2007 to work on Hillary Clinton's campaign for president.
In the Pennsylvania auditor general's race, Democrat Eugene DePasquale, a state representative from York, led John Maher, a state representative from suburban Pittsburgh, with 52 percent of the vote with 78 percent of precincts reporting.
In Bradford County, unofficial results showed Maher with 13,697 votes in the county, compared to 6,443 for DePasquale.
In the Pennsylvania treasurer's race, Robert M. McCord led in his reelection bid, leading Republican Diana Irey Vaughan, a five-term Washington County Commissioner, and Libertarian candidate
Patricia M. Fryman, with 55 percent of the vote.
Bradford County voters gave Vaughan 13,486 votes, McCord 7,092 votes, and Fryman 1,086 votes, according to unofficial results.
The attorney general, auditor general and treasurer positions each have terms of four years, and an annual salary of $152,443.