HERSHEY, Pa. - Pennsylvania Democrats failed Saturday to bestow the party's official endorsement on any of the candidates seeking the nomination in the May 20 primary to run against Gov. Corbett.
State Democratic committee members scattered their votes among five candidates over two rounds of balloting, with none receiving the 66.66 percent majority required to earn the endorsement.
Treasurer Rob McCord got the most votes, and he claimed a moral victory, with U.S. Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz finishing second. On the second ballot, McCord had 154 votes, to 77 for Schwartz.
York County businessman Tom Wolf had 59 votes, with former Department of Environmental Protection chiefs John Hanger and Katie McGinty earning 16 and 15 votes.
"It's a great win for our campaign," McCord said.
He declined to call himself the front-runner but said, "We seem to be making the most progress."
McCord's support was spread across the state, while Schwartz's was concentrated in her southeastern base.
"It's an open primary, and that's what we were looking for," Schwartz spokesman Mark Bergman said.