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March 29, 2014

Jay Paterno ends bid for Democratic nomination for Pa. lieutenant gov.

PHILADELPHIA — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jay Paterno, son of the late beloved head coach, said Friday afternoon he was dropping his bid for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor.

Paterno, who shook up the race on the strength of his name alone, acknowledged that a legal challenge to his nominating petitions was likely to knock him off the ballot — or at least tie him up in court.

“In talking with attorneys it has become clear that the ballot challenge could be a long process with potential decisions and appeals carrying beyond Monday’s hearing,” Paterno said in a statement. “With less than two months remaining before the primary I do not want an ongoing legal back and forth to be a distraction in this race. The outcome of this election is too important for the future of the working families and all the people of this Commonwealth.”

At issue in the challenge was the validity of signatures on his petition.

His withdrawal leaves Harrisburg Councilman Brad Koplinski, Bradford County Commissioner Mark Smith, former U.S. Rep. Mark Critz, state Rep. Brandon Neuman, and state Sen. Mike Stack vying for the Democratic nomination.

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