Governor Wolf Responds to Wagner Nomination

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Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial candidates Paul Mango, Scott Wagner and Laura Ellsworth are battling it out as voters head to polls in Tuesday's primary election.

Wagner is brash - "I am going to be the next governor, take that to the bank", he said a year ago - and has a penchant for off-the-cuff speaking that makes him a magnet for controversy.

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.

In the Republican primary for Governor, Scott Wagner beat out his challengers.

Political analyst and pollster Dr. Terry Madonna says the bitter ad war between Mango and Wagner may leave the GOP with a battered nominee.

"I'm hoping to see the tide swing", said Karren Knowlton.

"I would cut the "back-office, amusing business" that goes on financially", she said.

Wagner, like Mango and Ellsworth, going all across the Commonwealth Monday, not taking any vote for granted.

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The Braddock mayor's victory means he will run on a ticket with Gov. Wolf in the fall.

Ellsworth struck the same note a Mango in her speech, saying the party needs to work together to defeat Gov. Wolf. I think what that shows is there's a large number of people who are looking for an alternative.

Wagner has positioned himself as a garbage man set to clean up a corrupt state government that stifles the local economy with too many regulations and taxes. He has compiled one of the Senate's most conservative voting records.

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".

Wolf likely will attack Wagner as posing a danger to programs for children, schools and seniors, while Wagner likely will attack Wolf as a serial tax hiker, an out-of-touch elitist and a lousy leader.

Wolf campaign manager Jeff Sheridan released a statement last night denouncing Wagner.

In the 80th State House district, Republican Jim Gregory will face Democrat Laura Burke in November.

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