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Pennsylvania Democrats Compete For Lieutenant Governor Nomination

The Capitol Building in Pennsylvania's capital Harrisburg. (Credit: MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

The Capitol Building in Pennsylvania’s capital Harrisburg. (Credit: MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

(Capitol dome, Harrisburg, Pa.   File photo) Tony Romeo
  Tony Romeo is Harrisburg bureau chief for KYW Newsradio...
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By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG (CBS) — While the battle over party’s nomination for the top job grabs all the attention, there are five Democrats are vying for the lieutenant governor nomination in Pennsylvania.

One poll released last week showed almost half of all Democratic voters don’t have a preference in the race for lieutenant governor.

That’s no surprise to Ellen Kaplan, policy director for the Philadelphia election watchdog group Committee of 70.

“What we have been finding is many voters don’t even know that a lieutenant governor is on the ballot,” said Kaplan.

Kaplan believes the cause of good government might be better served by using the national model of having the party nominee for the top spot choose a running mate.

The same poll released last week showed Philadelphia State Senator Mike Stack and former western Pennsylvania Congressman Mark Critz at the top of the heap.

Also in the race for lieutenant governor are Harrisburg City Councilman Brad Koplinski, Washington County State Representative Brandon Neuman, and Bradford County Commissioner Mark Smith.

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