Wagner Takes GOP Nomination for Governor

Clay Curtis
May 16, 2018

For the candidates battling for congressional seats, they will all be chosen, for the first time, based on a new congressional map that the state Supreme Court said corrects GOP gerrymandering.

Wagner had 45 percent of the vote with 90 percent of the state's precincts reporting as of 11 p.m. Paul Mango, a former health care consultant had 36 percent of the vote, while Pittsburgh attorney Laura Ellsworth had 18 percent.

Wagner and Wolf both live in York County.

Scott Wagner is the apparent victor of the GOP nomination in the race for governor of Pennsylvania.

"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, 69, has a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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. He singles out public-sector labor unions as a particular target of his vitriol and has inspired comparisons to President Donald Trump.

Fetterman defeated Stack and three other candidates with more than 38 percent of the vote in what has been an uncharacteristically active race this spring.

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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.

"I'm going to be a governor who leads the charge".

The primary has been marked by a very aggressive ad campaign between Mango and Wagner, but most respondents, 65%, said the ads did not have a effect on who they plan to vote for.

"He's tenacious. He's got a head for details and he's never going to be out-worked", Poole said.

Pennsylvania's lieutenant governor became the first holder of the office to lose in a primary election.

Wolf was uncontested in the primary, while Fetterman won the nomination among a field of five candidates.

Wolf a year ago ordered an investigation into the treatment of state employees by Stack and his wife and stripped Stack of state police protection.

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