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May 21, 2014

Critz loses bid for lieutenant governor

JOHNSTOWN — Pennsylvania’s next lieutenant governor will not come from Johnstown.

Mark Critz, a resident of the Moxham neighborhood, came up short in his bid to win the Democratic Party nomination on Tuesday. He appeared to receive less than 20 percent of the vote in a five-person race against state Sen. Mike Stack of Philadelphia, state Rep. Brandon Neuman of Washington County, Harrisburg City Councilman Brad Koplinski and Bradford County Commissioner Mark Smith.

No official vote totals were available as of press time, although Stack appeared to be near 50 percent.

“It was a bigger margin than I expected. I did worse in western Pennsylvania and Mike Stack did better,” said Critz. “He ran a good campaign. He beat me badly, so now it’s about focusing on November and how we win in November.”

Critz called Stack to concede a little after 10 p.m.

Stack will team with Tom Wolf, who won the party's gubernatorial primary, beating out Katie McGinty, Rob McCord and U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz.

The Democratic ticket will run against the incumbent Republican team of Gov. Tom Corbett and Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley, who were unopposed in the GOP primary.

“With four more years of Gov. Corbett’s leadership, we can secure the bright future that lies just ahead for our commonwealth,” said Cawley.

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