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Hanger quitting Dem race for Pa. gov

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PETER JACKSON
Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - John Hanger is dropping out of the Democratic nomination race for Pennsylvania governor.

His political director, Roger Cohen, confirmed Thursday that Hanger will announce his exit from the race at a Capitol news conference.

Hanger, who became the first Democratic to announce his candidacy in November 2012, is a former state environmental protection secretary and former state utility regulator. As a candidate, he was a vocal advocate of legalizing marijuana and taxing its sale.

Hanger's exit from the race leaves five candidates in the Democratic primary race: York businessman Tom Wolf, state Treasurer Rob McCord, U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, former state environmental protection secretaries Katie McGinty and former state Auditor General Jack Wagner.

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