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Facing a Crowded Field in Governor's Race, Dems Shore Up Support at PA Society

Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls took to New York over the weekend for the 115th Pennsylvania Society, a series of parties and networking with other big names in politics and industry.

Among the expected frontrunners is Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, who was one of the candidates to speak at an event before a largely Republican audience.

"This has been my first invitation," she said. "Even as a member of Congress from 10 years, this is the first time I’ve been invited. And so that is a good opportunity – I think they recognize and very keenly that there may well be new leadership and maybe there ought to be new leadership."

Eight candidates have declared their intention of taking on Gov. Tom Corbett, though first they’ll have to get through the crowded Democratic primary.

They spent the weekend making their case to potential supporters and donors.

Though many expected the gossip to focus on 2014, state Attorney General Kathleen Kane raised eyebrows when she made the rounds with a prominent Democratic fundraiser.

"I’m raising money because I’m always prepared, and I don’t like to wait until the last minute," she said.

Kane pledged during her campaign not to run for another office during her first term as attorney general.

But she is leaving open the possibility she’ll run for a different post once her term is up.