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Jack Wagner says he's running for Pa. governor

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Former Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner says he's running for the Democratic nomination for governor after all.

Wagner confirmed Thursday that his supporters are gathering voters' signatures for his nomination petition and predicted they will gather more than the required 2,000 signatures.

Wagner becomes the eighth candidate in a Democratic field that's been static for five months and has raised more than $25 million. He concedes that he's likely to be outspent, but says he hopes to offset that by being aggressive on issues and forthright to the voters.

He's also the only Democratic candidate from western Pennsylvania.

The 66-year-old Wagner sought the Democratic nomination for governor in 2010 but was defeated in the primary. Last year, he ran for Pittsburgh mayor but lost in the primary.

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