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 stopping by the Capitol Diner in Harrisburg Monday.
Both Wagner and Bartos topped the vote totals for their races in Centre County as well. Mango's biggest margin of victory coming from Bucks and Allegheny counties. He focused his message heavily on cutting waste in government and moving toward zero-based budgeting. We have a governor [Tom Wolf] who's not providing leadership. "I want this job", Wagner said in his victory speech. He encouraged all his supporters to now vote for Wagner. There is no greater example of Wagner's obstructionist tactics than his opposition to the severance tax.
Wagner spent millions of his own dollars to win the primary.
The Republican primary campaign was described by longtime political observer G. Terry Madonna as the most brutal in modern history. 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.
A March poll from the American Principles Project found that Wagner led in the race against Mango. Ellsworth, a commercial litigation attorney, never mustered that kind of cash, and she and Mango were relative unknowns when they began their campaigns.
Scott Wagner will run against Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf after winning the GOP gubernatorial primary. "So please join me in doing that". I think what that shows is there's a large number of people who are looking for an alternative.
Unlike Mango, she didn't call for Republicans to rally behind the party nominee but instead, challenged whoever wins the governor's race to "to ask yourself in your heart what you can bring to the table and then bring it to the table and let's make Pennsylvania be the state that it deserves to be".