Shapiro claims win in attorney general race

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – With votes still being counted, Democrat Josh Shapiro is claiming victory as Pennsylvania’s next attorney general.

He would take over an office racked by turmoil over the arrest and conviction of Kathleen Kane, who held the office until August.

The county commissioner from the Philadelphia suburbs battled Republican state Sen. John Rafferty.

The next attorney general will be the agency’s fourth leader since Democrat Kane stepped down after being convicted of leaking secret grand jury material and lying about it.

Kane has been sentenced to 10 to 23 months in prison.

The attorney general is Pennsylvania’s top-ranking law enforcement official. The agency has more than 800 employees.

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