Dan Onorato, a county executive from western Pennsylvania, has won a four-way race for the Democratic nomination for governor.
Onorato, the highest elected official in Allegheny County, had 44 percent of the vote with returns Tuesday night from one-third of the state’s 9,233 precincts.
Each of the other candidates had 25 percent or less. They are state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams of Philadelphia, state Auditor General Jack Wagner of Pittsburgh and Joe Hoeffel, a suburban Philadelphia county commissioner.
Onorato will face Republican state Attorney General Tom Corbett in the November general election.
Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell is completing his second term and is barred from seeking a third.