Allegheny County Judge Ron Wyda has withdrawn his name from the ballot in the Republican primary for Pa. Superior Court. His departure leaves Cumberland County attorney Vic Stabile with a clear path to the nomination.
State Department records show Wyda officially ended his candidacy Wednesday.
The GOP state committee overwhelmingly endorsed Stabile during its winter meeting.
Briefly, Wyda’s candidacy was a rallying point for anti-establishment conservatives who oppose the practice of party nominations.
Democratic voters must decide between Philadelphia Judge Joe Waters and Allegheny County Judge Jack McVay.
Stabile lost the 2011 Superior Court race to Democrat David Wecht.
Update: Wyda issued a withdrawal statement. In part:
There is no dishonor in withdrawing; quite the opposite. We’ve made our mark: won Central Caucus at the Republican State Committee, flexed our muscles by obtaining nearly 2,000 signatures to get on the ballot. The highest levels of the Pennsylvania Republican Party have noticed our campaign. We have built much goodwill and many bridges for the future. To recognize our weaknesses, re-group, re-organize, and be stronger and more prepared for another day’s battle is the wisest course of action. We live to fight another day…and prevail.
Update: Wyda apparently called PAGOP Chair Gleason, who emailed this to party members:
I wanted to let all of you know that I received a call from Rob Wyda. He called to let me know that he has withdrawn his candidacy for the Superior Court, and that he will support our Party’s endorsed candidate, Vic Stabile.
I appreciate Rob’s support and wish him the best of luck as he continues to serve as a Magisterial District Judge in Allegheny County and his future pursuits. I hope all of our members are ready to double their efforts for Vic and I look forward to focusing on winning this critical race with you in November.