Pennsylvania AG's legal troubles present opportunity for challengers in 2016 election

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HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — Candidates for Pennsylvania attorney general are lining up for the 2016 ballot without knowing whether they'll be running against embattled Democratic incumbent Kathleen Kane or for a vacant seat.

Amid uncertainty over Kane's status as she fights criminal charges, one Democrat and two Republicans already have declared their candidacy — months before the parties are to consider candidate endorsements early next year. Kane says she's innocent and that she's seeking re-election.

The Republican candidates are both lawmakers from Montgomery County: Sen. John Rafferty and Rep. Todd Stephens.

The only Democrat to declare so far is Delaware County lawyer and ex-prosecutor Jack Stollsteimer, but party insiders speculate that Montgomery County commissioners chairman Josh Shapiro may run and Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli says he also may be a candidate.

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