And then there were three.
Veteran prosecutor Jack Stollsteimer, of Delaware County, dropped out of the state attorney general's race this morning, a move announced by fellow southeast Pennsylvania AG candidate Josh Shapiro.
In a release issued by the Shapiro campaign, Mr. Stollsteimer said that while he was grateful for the support he'd received, it had "become increasingly clear that 2016 is not the right year for me to make this race."
The move comes one day after Pittsburgh lawyer David Fawcett withdrew from the race, saying that Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. "earned his shot" at representing the west.
Together, the two departures leave Mr. Shapiro, a Montgomery County Commissioner, and Mr. Zappala without rivals in their own political backyards. A third Democrat, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli remains a contender. The Republicans have a sole candidate, Montgomery County state Senator John Rafferty, who received the party's endorsement last weekend.
Mr. Stollsteimer, a former special assistant U.S. attorney, endorsed Mr. Shapiro's campaign, calling him "a public servant for whom I have great respect." Mr. Fawcett, while ceding western Pennsylvania to Mr. Zappala, stopped short of endorsing his fellow Allegheny County resident (with whom he has been engaged in a high-profile court fight, incidentally). Instead, he pledged to be "actively supporting the eventual nominee" for his party.
The moves come shortly before state Democrats hold their winter meeting this weekend. In the past, the gathering has been an occasion for party elders to endorse a candidate in the race, though it's not clear whether that will happen this year. Both Gov. Tom Wolf, the party's standard-bearer, and party chairman Marcel Groen have long been wary of making such endorsements before the primary.