Crowded field for Dem gov hopefuls in 2014

Saturday, December 21, 2013

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - In a field oozing with political ambition and pent-up energy, Pennsylvania's Democratic candidates for governor will ring in the new year without a clear front-runner.

The eight would-be nominees share the goal of ousting Republican Gov. Tom Corbett in the general election. But only now are they girding for the intra-party battle that will culminate in the May 20 Democratic primary.

A couple of fast-approaching milestones should boost the candidates' visibility and provide the first tangible comparison of their financial strength.

One is the Jan. 31 filing deadline for the first round of campaign finance reports, in which candidates must itemize how much they received in contributions and identify the contributors.

The other milestone is the Feb. 8 Democratic State Committee meeting to consider endorsing a candidate in the primary.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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