Thursday, 24 May, 2018

Wagner Wins PA's GOP Primary, Immediately Trades Barbs With Incumbent

License N  A Created 2018:05:15 11:17:16 PA-Gov: Gubernatorial primary marked by mudslinging: 'When I get punched in the mouth, I punch back'
Sammy Stanley | 16 May, 2018, 22:49

State Sen. Scott Wagner won a three-way battle in Tuesday's primary to secure the Republican nomination for Pennsylvania governor. His challenger, Paul Mango, received 37% and Laura Ellsworth received 19%.

Wagner is president and owner of York-based Penn Waste, Inc. and KBS Trucking in Thomasville.

"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. "Two of them will start out with the voters of the state having a very unfavorable view, and Gov. Tom Wolf didn't have to do a thing".

Wagner had the backing of the Pa.

"All of us in this room who have fought for so long to replace our sitting governor are going to help the Republican Party win in November", Ellsworth said in her concession speech.

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.

Speaking of education, Wagner also said he'd hold public schools more accountable for their own funding, developing a system that allows performance of public and charter schools across the state to be directly compared.

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It's this kind of tough, no-nonsense talk that resonated among rank and file Republican voters and put Wagner over the top.

Mr. Borick said Mr. Wolf will likely point to the state's relatively solid economy and increases in state funding for education. Mr. Wolf cheered the court-imposed map, which is expected to benefit Democrats in congressional elections this fall, while Republican legislative leaders unsuccessfully sought to have the U.S. Supreme Court block its implementation.

In the primary campaign, Mr. Mango attacked Mr. Wagner in ads that political experts said stood out for their vicious tone.

Mr. Wagner shrugged off the attacks as signs of political desperation. In the summer of 2016, when some republicans refused to attend that year's national convention, Wagner told reporters he planned to buy 20,000 Trump lawn signs.

You can view the ad below.

And Ellsworth and Mango both said they'll support Wagner in service of a larger goal.

A big part of Mango's expenses were tied up in a statewide commercial that mocked Wagner's personal and business life. "Undoubtedly it will be reopened in the general election".

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