The top vote-getter on the Republican ballot for Cambria County coroner was a candidate who withdrew from the race last month.

Funeral director Frank Duca received 4,299 votes to restaurant owner Gregory M. Jones' 3,892, unofficial totals showed late Tuesday.

Duca, owner of Frank Duca Funeral Home in Johnstown, issued a announcement April 24: "With much regret, I have made a personal and family decision to withdraw from the primary election in May, for the office of Cambria County Coroner."

“I want to thank my loving family and dear friends for their help and support given to me.”

The announcement came after the statewide deadline to be removed from the primary election ballot, so Duca's name remained an option for Republican voters on Tuesday.

The election law says the nomination is Duca's to decline. If he declines, the county Republican Committee will select a candidate to face Coroner Jeffrey Lees, who was unopposed on the Democratic primary ballot.

Jones, owner of Carrie's Kitchen in Johnstown, said in April that Duca notified him of the decision to withdraw and offered his support.

Neither Duca nor Jones could be reached late Tuesday.

Randy Griffith is a multimedia reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at 532-5057. Follow him on Twitter @PhotoGriffer57.

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