Kim L. Ward

GOP picks candidate for special election to succeed Murphy

Republicans in Pennsylvania have chosen state Rep. Rick Saccone as their a nominee for next year's special election to complete the term of former Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, an anti-abortion lawmaker who resigned after his hometown newspaper reported he had suggested a mistress get an abortion when they thought she might be pregnant.

Saccone, 59, a retired Air Force captain and staunch conservative, was chosen Saturday for the March 13 special election, prevailing after two rounds of voting over state Sen. Guy Reschenthaler and state Sen. Kim Ward. State Rep. Jason Ortitay withdrew prior to the balloting.

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