Election winner: Kathleen Kane

Neophyte candidate Kathleen Kane ran a smart, disciplined campaign for Pennsylvania's Attorney General using the purported "war against women" and won big, garnering in excess of three million votes Tuesday - more than the Pennsylvania totals of President Obama or Sen. Bob Casey - and besting her opponent by more than 14 percentage points.

As I wrote in my Sunday column, Kane's success is even more striking because she did this in Pennsylvania, the land where progress goes to die. She is the first woman and Democrat elected attorney general in a state that has never elected a woman governor or senator, only one mayor of either major city, and has precisely one female representative in Washington.

Let me remind you that the year is 2012.

She was terrific candidate, and vowed to investigate Tom Corbett's handing of the Sandusky case when he occupied the job she's assume in January. Should make for interesting politics in Harrisburg.

--Karen Heller

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