Tom Wolf is leading recent polls for the Democratic nomination for governor, but John Hanger scored a victory over the weekend.
Hanger, a former state environmental protection department secretary, received the most votes for governor in a straw poll following a debate hosted by Keystone Progress in Harrisburg. The liberal group hosted 800 progressive activists over the weekend at the Pennsylvania Progressive Summit.
“This is a very important victory. The more than 700 people attending the Progressive Summit represent the conscience of the Democratic Party and the heart of its activist community,” Hanger said in a statement.
Hanger had 31.5 percent of the vote. Here are the other results: state Treasurer Rob McCord, 24 percent; Wolf, the former state revenue department secretary, 22.8 percent; former state environmental protection department secretary Katie McGinty; Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, 9.4 percent; Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz, 0.4 percent; former state auditor general Jack Wagner, 0.1 percent; none of the above, 0.7 percent.
A total of 267 votes were cast.
The winner of the May 20 primary will take on Republican Gov. Tom Corbett in the Nov. 4 election.
For lieutenant governor, on the Democratic side, Harrisburg City Councilman Brad Koplinski got the most votes. He received 59.7 percent of the vote. Jay Paterno, son of the late football coach Joe Paterno, finished last in the straw poll, with 0.6 percent.
– John Guerriero