Krasner Bests Vega in Philly Dem DA Primary
Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner cruised to victory for the Democratic Party nomination for Philadelphia District Attorney over challenger Carlos Vega, a former homicide prosecutor.
The AP’s Marc Levy tweeted out shortly after midnight that Krasner won the party nomination. According to Decision Desk HQ, Krasner garnered 65% of the vote, while Vega tallied nearly 35% of the vote, with 96% of votes reported.
“Thank you to everyone who supported this campaign and realized that Philadelphia has to keep moving forward. I will spend the next four years fighting for people, for prevention, and for a justice system we can all be proud of,” Krasner tweeted at 1 A.M. on Wednesday morning.
Thank you to everyone who supported this campaign and realized that Philadelphia has to keep moving forward. I will spend the next four years fighting for people, for prevention, and for a justice system we can all be proud of.https://t.co/ZTOehspjMt
— LarryKrasner4DA (@Krasner4DA) May 19, 2021
The progressive prosecutor was first elected as Philadelphia District Attorney in 2017. He secured 38% of the vote in a crowded 7 candidate Democratic Party primary before besting Republican Beth Grossman by a wide margin in the general election.
Krasner received endorsements from Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Working Families Party, state Sen. Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia), state House Minority Leader Joanna McClinton (D-Philadelphia) and other progressive Philadelphia lawmakers, while Vega was backed by F.O.P. Lodge 5, former Gov. Ed Rendell, state Sen. Tina Tartaglione (D-Philadelphia), and multiple other state reps from Northeast Philadelphia.
Krasner promoted criminal justice reform during his bid to secure the Democratic Party nomination, while Vega promised to decrease the murder rate in Philadelphia, while also being a voice for the families of victims during his candidacy.
Krasner’s victory in the Democratic Party primary means that he will likely be elected to a second term in the Democratic Party majority city.
Krasner will face Republican Chuck Peruto Jr., a defense attorney, in November’s election.