Wagner to challenge Wolf

Wagner to challenge Wolf

State Senator Scott Wagner won the Republican nomination for governor and will challenge Democratic incumbent Gov. Tom Wolf this fall.

Wagner bested opponents Paul Mango and Laura Ellsworth.

After building a fortune as a waste-hauling and trucking mogul, Wagner became the first write-in candidate to win a state Senate seat in 2014.

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"In the weeks and months to come, this campaign will move full speed ahead to spread Scott's blue collar, pro-paycheck message all across Pennsylvania, and we are confident we will defeat Tom Wolf in November", said Jason High, Wagner's campaign manager.

As early returns trickled in, he said he was confident that Wagner would prevail.

Registered Democrats account for 48% of the state's 8.5 million voters, and Republicans make up 38%, according to the Pennsylvania Department of State. In fact, some even called Wagner "the Pa. Donald Trump".

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Wagner teamed up with Berks County attorney Jeff Bartos in the primary campaign to be his unofficial running mate for lieutenant governor.

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Wagner was the candidate endorsed by the Republican Party.

Political analyst and pollster Dr. Terry Madonna says the bitter ad war between Mango and Wagner may leave the GOP with a battered nominee. Mr. Wagner also supports raising the state minimum wage, and he was a sponsor of an anti-discrimination bill in the areas of housing, employment and public accommodations.

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.

After professing to his core values of faith, family and service to others, Mango launched one of the meanest, most vicious attack campaigns in Pennsylvania history.

Mr. Wagner shrugged off the attacks as signs of political desperation. "I'm not wounded at all", he said in a May 4 interview, adding that he thought voters were "seeing through" the negative ads. Wagner said growing up as a "farm boy" helped him develop his work ethic and inspired him to enter politics. "When they see us, they're coming over to us", said Ellsworth. "Undoubtedly it will be reopened in the general election".

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