Treasurer McCord sails to 2nd term

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HARRISBURG -- Democratic state Treasurer Rob McCord easily won another four-year term Tuesday night over Republican Diana Irey Vaughan, a longtime Washington County commissioner.

Mr. McCord had been viewed as the frontrunner in the race, being better known around the state due to his four years in office and due to having a much bigger campaign war chest than his challenger.

"I'm grateful and honored to have received the support of so many Pennsylvania voters," Mr. McCord said.

"Over the next four years, we're going to continue to provide efficient, innovative business approaches in state government. We're going to build on our record of success, generate more profit for Pennsylvania, and deliver more positive results for Pennsylvania's seniors, middle-class families, students, and all who seek effective, good government."

Mr. McCord was doing especially well in Democratic strongholds like Allegheny County and Philadelphia.

Finishing a distant third in the race was Libertarian candidate Patricia Fryman of Venango County.

Mr. McCord, 53, followed a winning track of Democrats who have historically done well in the race for state treasurer.

The treasurer is a low-profile post, without much statewide name recognition. And yet Mr. McCord has been mentioned by some pundits as a possible Democratic candidate for governor in 2014 -- as a challenger to first-term Republican Gov. Tom Corbett.

Mr. McCord has focused on his re-election and hasn't discussed higher office much, but he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in October that he was "flattered" by being mentioned as a gubernatorial candidate.

Christopher Borick, a political pollster from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, said Tuesday night's victory certainly bolsters Mr. McCord's potential if he does decide to run against Mr. Corbett.

Several other Democrats have been mentioned as possible governor candidates in 2014, including U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak of suburban Philadelphia and a couple of others from Philly.

Mr. McCord had a major edge in campaign cash, with $2 million on hand in October, including a $450,000 loan of his own money. That was far more than his challenger's war chest. She raised $103,000 in all but had only $22,000 on hand in October as the race was winding down.

The treasurer race pitted east vs. west. Mr. McCord, a former businessman and entrepreneur, lives in Montgomery County outside Philadelphia.

Ms. Irey Vaughan has served five terms as a Washington County commissioner, the only woman who has been elected to that post.

Mr. McCord has called the treasurer's job "the most important office in Pennsylvania that no one knows about."

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Tom Barnes: hickeybarnes@yahoo.com or 1-717-623-1238.


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