The Times-Herald in Norristown is reporting that Montgomery County Sheriff John P. Durante has decided to drop out of the race for the Republican nomination to run for the 17th District Senate seat being vacated by state Sen. Connie Williams.
Durante failed to receive the Montgomery County Republican Committee endorsement for the race. The committee voted 112-57 to back Lower Merion Township Commissioner Lance Rogers.
Rogers, an independent who recently switched his party affiliation to Republican, was seen by GOP committee members as a more electable candidate in the 17th District, where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans.
Another factor in the committee's decision may have been the fact that Durante did poorly in the 17th District communities when he won reelection for another four-year term as sheriff last year.
As I mentioned in a previous post, "Durante already lost the election," Durante managed to win only three of the nine Montgomery County municipalities in the 17th Senate District.
The 17th District includes Norristown, West Conshohocken, Bridgeport, Conshohocken, Narberth, Upper Merion, Plymouth, East Norriton and Lower Merion in Montgomery County and Haverford and Radnor in Delaware County.
The Democratic candidate for Williams' seat is state Rep. Daylin Leach, D-149th Dist., who is regarded as the most liberal member in the state House of Representatives.