Republican Businessman Scott Wagner To Take On Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf

Scott Wagner in 2017.
Credit: Office Of State Sen. Scott Wagner

Republican businessman and State Sen. Scott Wagner beat back two competitors to win Tuesday’s primary election.

According to an Associated Press projection, Wagner won the race against Paul Mango and Laura Ellsworth.

Wagner will square off against incumbent Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf in November. Both men are York County residents and wealthy businessmen.

“Only in America can a boy who grew up shoveling manure on a farm become the Republican nominee for Governor in one of the largest states in the nation,” Wagner told supporters after his win.

Wagner, known for being brash, started a successful waste-hauling and trucking company before he was elected as a state senator charged with shaking things up in 2014.

Mango and Wagner waged a spirited campaign that featured TV commercials where the two launched jabs at one another.

The Associated Press reported that Wagner poured $10 million of his own money into his campaign. Mango didn’t hold back either and pumped $7 million of his wealth into his campaign.

“Scott Wagner is the very worst of Harrisburg,” Jeff Sheridan, Wolf’s campaign manager, said in a statement.

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