It looks as if Democrat Chris Doherty might be getting out of the governor's race.
Mark Nevins, a political aide to the Scranton mayor, said Doherty will make an announcement on Thursday pertaining to his interest in the state Senate seat to be vacated at year's end by long-time Sen. Robert Mellow, who decided last week not to seek reelection.
Nevins had said previously that some people in politics were urging Doherty to forego the governor's race, in which he has been unable to raise much campaign cash, and try for the Senate seat. Mellow's 22d District includes the City of Scranton, in which Doherty recently began his third term as chief executive.
Doherty earlier explored whether to leave the governor's race and run for lieutenant governor. But that course of action was effectively blocked by former Philadelphia City Controller Jonathan Saidel, who won the party's endorsement on Feb. 6.