3 Candidates Vie For Republican Gubernatorial Nomination
16 May, 2018, 15:00
Wagner defeated health care executive Paul Mango and attorney Laura Ellsworth to win the nomination with more than 45 percent of the vote with approximately 95 percent of the precincts reporting.
State Sen. Scott Wagner won a three-way battle in Tuesday's primary to secure the Republican nomination for Pennsylvania governor.
Along the way, Wagner pumped more than $10 million of his own cash into his campaign, and he spread hundreds of thousands more around the state since a year ago to boost GOP committees and candidates. "I want this job", Wagner said in his victory speech. "I am the most conservative candidate in this race".
A March poll from the American Principles Project found that Wagner led in the race against Mango. Mango thanked his supporters and volunteers for their help in a hard campaign that lasted 16 months. "Then, we're going to Johnstown and then back to Pittsburgh", said Mango.
"It's unbelievable how negative they are and what that tends to do is to drive up what we call "the negatives" of a candidate", Madonna said.
Wolf's campaign manager Jeff Sheridan issued a statement on Tuesday evening, saying Wagner is not on their side "and his record of obstruction makes clear he will take Pennsylvania backward".
John Fetterman won the five-way Democratic Party primary race for lieutenant governor Tuesday, beating incumbent Mike Stack.
"I think we all know that this night did not turn out the way we wanted it to", she said.
Wagner has positioned himself as a garbage man set to clean up a corrupt state government that stifles the local economy with too many regulations and taxes. "Our job now is not only to unite the rest of the Republican Party, but also to rally all Pennsylvanians behind our cause".
Wolf likely will attack Wagner as posing a danger to programs for children, schools and seniors, while Wagner likely will attack Wolf as a serial tax hiker, an out-of-touch elitist and a lousy leader.
Wolf also will have a big cash advantage: Wolf headed into May with $14 million in his campaign account, while Wagner reported $2.2 million.
In the 80th State House district, Republican Jim Gregory will face Democrat Laura Burke in November.