SUCH IS the state of this year's Republican race for the presidential nomination that the most impressive claim from any candidate has been "I'm not angry."

That was uttered by Ohio Gov. John Kasich during a recent meeting with this editorial board. That utterance alone is not why we are endorsing him, although it almost would have been enough, given the hate-filled clown convention that is the Republican race.

Kasich is the grown-up at the table: In his second term as governor of Ohio, he's a former member of Congress who, during his nine-term career, served on the Armed Services Committee and the House Budget Committee. His experience is defined not by attempts to shut down government, but with a more balanced approach that includes working with the other side of the aisle. That balance is also found in his support of things usually not embraced by the extreme ends of his party: He believes that global warming is a problem, he's for reforming the Pentagon, and in Congress he voted for the assault-weapons ban. That's not to say we embrace his views on education, abortion and health care, among others. He has strong opinions, but he doesn't demonize those who don't share them. He has a chance of bringing some semblance of order and sanity to the Republican Party.

Endorsement round-up

* For the Democratic Presidential nomination: We endorse Hillary Clinton, the other grown-up at the table who offers a breadth of experience. Her time on the national and international stages has given her stature and authority, especially among other world leaders. Her deep knowledge of policy is informed by homework, just as her pragmatism has been shaped by consistent opposition.

* For U.S. Senate in the Democratic race to unseat Sen. Pat Toomey, there is not much different politically or philosophically between Katie McGinty and her opponents, former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak and John Fetterman, the mayor of the small town of Braddock outside Pittsburgh. We favor McGinty for the biggest difference she would bring: She would help alter the serious gender gap in the Senate.

* For Congress: Chaka Fattah is fighting to hold onto his 2nd Congressional District seat while under indictment on racketeering and influence peddling charges. While he deserves the presumption of innocence in the face of the serious corruption charges against him, we feel it is time for him to move on. We favor State Rep. Dwight Evans. A veteran with decades of experience in Harrisburg, Evans is a man of substance, a hard worker and a policy wonk, who is also a practitioner of practical politics.

* For state attorney general: In the Democratic race for attorney general we favor Stephen Zappala Jr., who has served as district attorney in Allegheny County since 1998. Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro is a smart guy with a bright future in politics. The third candidate in the race is John Morganelli, able district attorney of Northampton County. Of the three, we find Zappala the best for this job.