Wagner's victory in Tuesday's three-way primary election caps a personal spending spree of more than $10 million that helped make him the front-runner and the GOP's endorsed candidate. 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. Wagner only received 36% of the votes in our county.
"Tom Wolf, over the last three years, has attempted to tax everyone and everything under the sun", Wagner said.
"I want to thank the voters of Pennsylvania for nominating Jeff and I tonight to be the next lieutenant governor and governor", said Wagner.
"It's unbelievable how negative they are and what that tends to do is to drive up what we call "the negatives" of a candidate", Madonna said. Wolf is soft-spoken and chooses his words carefully.
Wagner, 62, never graduated from college and says he "barely" got through high school. Wolf, 69, has a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He singles out public-sector labor unions as a particular target of his vitriol and has inspired comparisons to President Donald Trump. "I am the most conservative candidate in this race".
"I may be ahead in the polls, but I'm going to be barnstorming the Commonwealth", said Wagner.
He's one of many Pennsylvanians busy campaigning before the primary Tuesday.
Mango conceded about an hour later, saying he hopes Republicans rally to defeat Wolf in the general election.
The primary also features a weirdly-competitive democratic primary for lieutenant governor, with a truly colorful cast of characters involved.
Fetterman had made a failed bid in 2016 for the U.S. Senate. Stack faced an uphill battle for re-election following a scandal-plagued first term and occasionally butted heads with Wolf.
Wolf past year ordered an investigation into the treatment of state employees by Stack and his wife and stripped Stack of state police protection.