February 17, 2019

Candidates Vie For Republican Gubernatorial Nomination

16 May 2018, 05:07 | Randall Craig

3 Candidates Vie For Republican Gubernatorial Nomination

PA-Gov: Gubernatorial primary marked by mudslinging: 'When I get punched in the mouth, I punch back'

Wagner and Bartos will now face Democratic incumbent Gov.Tom Wolf and lieutenant governor candidate John Fetterman in November.

With just hours before polls opened for Pennsylvania's primary election, the three Republican candidates for governor hit the road on Monday.

The poll shows 37% of voters said they would vote for Wagner, while 23% said they would vote for businessman Paul Mango and 18% said they would vote for lawyer Laura Ellsworth.

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 previous year to boost GOP committees and candidates.

Laura Ellsworth - a commercial litigation attorney and former chairwoman of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce - stayed out of the fray and made that choice part of her campaign, the station noted.

And Mango warned Wagner what would happen if he didn't take down his ads, the station said. Wolf is soft-spoken and chooses his words carefully. Wolf, 69, has a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Wagner fashions himself as a garbage man coming to clean up a state government that chokes the economy with 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. But back in 2014, I put everything I had into what many said was a insane, "un-winnable" write-in campaign for the state senate.

"Val was critical to our victory and I am looking forward to a strong and unified party as Val and I lead together", Wagner said during his victory speech.

Today is Primary Election Day in Pennsylvania and there are several big races with national implications on the ballot.

Meanwhile, Wolf's campaign quickly released a statement targeting Wagner's work as a state senator, calling him an obstructionist for helping block a severance tax on natural gas-one of the governor's major priorities. Pennsylvania first started allowing lieutenant governors to serve a second term in the 1970s.

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