From the Associated Press


Dan Onorato handily won a four-way race for the Democratic nomination for governor Tuesday and state Attorney General Tom Corbett easily captured the Republican nomination.


 Dan Onorato handily won a four-way race for the Democratic nomination for governor Tuesday and state Attorney General Tom Corbett easily captured the Republican nomination.
With returns from more than 4,200 of the state's 9,233 precincts, Onorato claimed 46 percent of the vote. His competitors had 25 percent or less: state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams of Philadelphia, state Auditor General Jack Wagner of Pittsburgh and Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Hoeffel.
Corbett claimed 69 percent of the vote in his race against state Rep. Sam Rohrer.
Onorato, Allegheny County's elected chief executive, and Corbett — both Pittsburgh-area residents — had been expected to prevail in contested primaries to decide the nominees to succeed Gov. Ed Rendell in the state's highest elected office.
A Quinnipiac University poll released Monday showed Onorato backed by 39 percent of Democrats considered likely to vote in the primary — far ahead of his opponents.
Corbett had a 4-1 polling edge over Rohrer, of Berks County, in a survey by the same pollster released last week.
Voters are also choosing gubernatorial running mates Tuesday. Three Democrats and nine Republicans were vying for the nominations for lieutenant governor. In the November election, voters will cast one vote for either party's two-candidate ticket.
Corbett made his final pitches for support at polling places in the Pittsburgh area Tuesday. Onorato had similar plans, but they were in limbo after his 13-year-old son was hospitalized with apparent appendicitis, a campaign spokesman said.
Rendell, a Democrat, is barred by the state constitution from serving beyond his second term, which ends in January.
Onorato, at 49 the youngest of the gubernatorial candidates, was the best-financed. He carried forward $6.5 million from past campaigns and early fundraising for his 2010 bid, and added about $2 million this year — enabling him to put up TV ads before any other candidate and build name recognition.
A product of Allegheny County's rough-and-tumble politics, Onorato is an accountant and lawyer who was a Pittsburgh city councilor and county controller before winning the county's top elected job in 2003. In the primary campaign, he has billed himself as the only candidate with experience as a government chief executive.
Corbett, 60, entered the campaign with built-in name recognition from his ongoing prosecution of corruption in the Legislature.
So far, 25 current or former legislators and staffers from both parties have been charged in the investigation. Of the dozen cases decided so far, 10 resulted in criminal convictions or guilty pleas.
Corbett previously served U.S. attorney for western Pennsylvania and was appointed by then-Gov. Tom Ridge to serve as state attorney general from 1995 to 1997.
Williams, 53, a late entrant in the primary race, raised more than $6.5 million and ran an aggressive TV ad campaign — thanks mainly to a small number of wealthy donors who share Williams' passion for expanding "school choice" — an umbrella term for vouchers, charter schools and other taxpayer-financed alternatives to public schools.
Wagner, 62, a former state senator from Pittsburgh, promised he would crack down on the kind of waste and fraud that his audits of state agencies have suggested.
Hoeffel, 59, a fixture in Democratic politics for more than three decades, is a former congressman and state legislator from suburban Philadelphia. In the primary campaign, he cast himself as the political "progressive" with the most liberal philosophy.
Rohrer, 54, is one of the Legislature's leading conservatives.