A York County showdown awaits the Governor's race
It will be a York County showdown come November. Pennsylvania State Senator and businessman Scott Wagner will take on Governor Tom Wolf in the general election after Wagner won the Republican nod for Governor last night.
"I want to thank the voters of Pennsylvania for nominating Jeff (Bartos) and I tonight to be the next Lieutenant Governor and Governor," said Senator Wagner during his victory speech last night.
Senator Wagner won the GOP gubernatorial race against Paul Mango and Laura Ellsworth by taking home about 44 percent of the vote during the primary election yesterday.
It was a result that most people expected. Penn Waste owner Scott Wagner nabbed the Republican nomination for Governor. Since being elected to the state Senate in 2014, as the first-ever successful write-in candidate, the sanitation mogul has been eagerly working towards this goal.
“I want it because I am a down-to-Earth guy. I am a results guy. Hey, I still have my CDL. But the bottom line is, if I need to drive the trash truck or unclog the toilets in Harrisburg, I am ready to go,” he said.
It was an electric crowd at the Wyndham Garden hotel in West Manchester Township, York County. Throngs of supporters gathering to celebrate a big victory for Scott Wagner.
Setting high goals is the goal for team Wagner/Bartos as they call for the elimination of property taxes, more support for veterans, increasing school safety and making higher education more affordable. But with a business background, his main objective will be job creation and kickstarting Pennsylvania's economy.
“I am a disruptor versus a disappointment. We have a disappointment in the governor's office. This is the choice for the people of Pennsylvania. I don't need this job. After spending four years in Harrisburg, I want this job. I want it,” Wagner said.
Right behind Senator Wagner during his speech, and sharing the same campaign signs, Jeff Bartos won the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor. A real estate investor from Montgomery County, Bartos and Wagner have been campaigning as a team, something a little different in Pennsylvania politics. Unlike the presidential races, in PA, the Governor and Lt. Governor are elected separately. Still, the combo ticket is working out for both candidates as they prepare to move forward.
“Together, we can make meaningful and lasting improvements to our great commonwealth. Two successful businessman. Two job creators. Two risk takers, each of whom have harnessed and honed best practices in order to succeed,” Bartos said.
Bartos won the nomination convincingly, taking home about 47 percent of the vote, more than double his closest challenger.
Today begins the next chapter of the campaign. After voting yesterday, Senator Wagner told me, today will begin a whole new focus on the general election with a new strategy of defeating Governor Wolf.
Right now, that is looking like a tall task. A recent Franklin and Marshall College survey shows Governor Wolf leading Senator Wagner by 17 points if the election were to be held today.