Governor Wolf Responds to Wagner Nomination

Henrietta Brewer
May 16, 2018

But, since there's been little external polling, it's hard to say for sure whether fellow candidates Paul Mango and Laura Ellsworth have a shot at the nomination as well. But they were less inclined to suggest the election result is anywhere close to certain. But, they generally pick the candidate considered the early front-runner, as they did in this case. "Then, we're going to Johnstown and then back to Pittsburgh", said Mango.

"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.

After months of campaigning, this is the day that the candidates have been looking forward to. "We did pay attention, we did our homework and we came and made our selections", Diane Tkocs said.


The candidates have combined to spend in excess of $20 million on this primary.

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

Those ads included commercials raising questions about Wagner's business practices and actions a child support dispute.


However, in Armstrong County, more than 49% of voters selected Mango as their nomination, against the state totals. The ad also noted that during the child custody dispute Wagner was found to have under-reported his income.

Wagner, 62, never graduated from college and says he "barely" got through high school.

Where do the GOP candidates stand on the issues?


Wagner, like Mango and Ellsworth, going all across the Commonwealth Monday, not taking any vote for granted. "But would I be shocked if she did? No". Trump asked Barletta to run for Senate, and the president is expected to visit Pennsylvania to campaign for him. Those voters might be more likely to support Ellsworth, unless they just stay home and don't vote, he said.

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