Governor Wolf Responds to Wagner Nomination

Candidates from left seeking the Republican Party's nomination to challenge Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's re-election bid next year Pennsylvania Sen. Scott Wagner R York County Laura Ellsworth and Paul Mango

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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.

Both Wolf and Wagner have strong business ties to York County: Wagner as the head of Penn Waste Inc. and Wolf as former head of his family business, The Wolf Organization Inc.

The election could wind up as a referendum not only on Mr. Wolf's first term as governor, but also as a gauge of Mr. Trump's standing in Pennsylvania, said Chris Borick, a political-science professor at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa. Wagner only received 36% of the votes in our county. Mango accomplished this largely by pouring millions into television ads attacking Wagner, he said.

Wagner pledged to work to improve the state's business climate and press for better schools, but his supporters most enthusiastically responded to his pledge to get rid of school property taxes.

It's less obvious that Republicans statewide are going to pick a candidate based on who party officials have selected. "I want this job", Wagner said in his victory speech. Scott Wagner secured his party's nomination for a spot on the ballot in November.

Late Tuesday evening Scott Wagner thanked his supporters.

Political science professors who closely follow state politics, agreed, to a point, noting that the party's endorsed candidate certainly is the favorite.

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"Ellsworth is not likely to win", Madonna said.

Mr. Wolf and GOP legislative leaders also were sharply divided over the state Supreme Court's imposition of a new congressional map, after the high court found the GOP had unlawfully distorted the state's districts to boost its electoral prospects.

Wolf campaign manager Jeff Sheridan released a statement last night denouncing Wagner.

Those "body blows" will hurt Wagner, though how much is hard to say, Borick said.

Wagner, like Trump, eschewed political correctness as he barreled forward delivering his message to drain the swamp and fix our broken state government.

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. Wagner said growing up as a "farm boy" helped him develop his work ethic and inspired him to enter politics. "He came to Juniata County twice", Harris said. "Undoubtedly it will be reopened in the general election".

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