Wagner wins GOP nomination for governor

Democrats choose Braddock Mayor Fetterman for lieutenant governor

Paul Rasmussen
May 16, 2018 - 6:43 am

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Scott Wagner will be the GOP's candidate against incumbent Democrat Tom Wolf for Pennsylvania governor in the Fall. "I want to thank the voters of Pennsylvania for nominating Jeff and I tonight." Wager's was referring to Jeff Bartos, who beat three other candidates to win the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor.

Wagner earned less than half of the overall vote but it was enough to beat Paul Mango and Pittsburgh attorney Laura Ellsworth. 

Wagner and Mango took shots at each other throughout the campaign with some pretty negative ads but last night, Mango called on the party to unite. "We must all remain focused on the most important goal which is: defeat Governor Tom Wolf in November of this year. We all need to come together to do that."

- Braddock Mayor John Fetterman won a crowded Democratic primary for lieutenant governor. In a field of five candidates, Fetterman won over 40 percent of the vote. Former state lawmaker and political analyst Mike Veon isn't surprised. "He became almost a legendary figure and part of it is his appearence, the work that he's done in Braddock, the immediate attention he's been able to attract." 

In choosing Fetterman, voters rejected Democratic incumbent Mike Stack.

- Lou Barletta, the congressman who's a staunch supporter of President Trump, won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. He'll face incumbent Democrat Bob Casey.

- Guy Reschenthaler knocked off Rick Saccone in the Republican primary in the new 14th Congressional District. It's Saccone's second loss in about two months. Democrat Conor Lamb upset Saccone in a special election for the U.S. House seat vacated by Tim Murphy.

- The primary election brought upsets for incumbent State Representatives Dom and Paul Costa. Both were beaten by political newcomers campaigning as progressives. Sara Innamorato and Summer Lee were endorsed by Democratic Socialists.

- Shaler's Randy Vulakovich, first elected to the state House in 2006, was upset by Ross Commission President Jeremy Shaffer for the Republican nomination to the state Senate. Shaffer will face Democrat Lindsey Williams in November.






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