ELECTION RESULTS HERE: Pennsylvania Spring Primary

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania state senator and waste-hauling millionaire Scott Wagner is the winner of the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.  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.  Wagner defeated first-time candidates Paul Mango and Laura Ellsworth, surviving weeks of Mango’s sharp-elbowed attack ads that painted Wagner as sleazy and greedy.  Wagner fashions himself as a garbage man coming to clean up a state government that chokes the economy with regulations and taxes. He has compiled one of the Senate’s most conservative voting records.  Wolf leads a unified Democratic Party into the fall. Wagner and Wolf live in York County.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A four-term congressman who is a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump has won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania.  U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta had paid little attention to his Republican rival, state Rep. Jim Christiana, during the primary campaign. Instead, he focused his attacks on the candidate he is looking to unseat in the fall, two-term Democratic Sen. Bob Casey.  Barletta, former Hazelton mayor, first got national notice for attempting to pass local laws to combat illegal immigration.  Barletta endorsed Trump for president. Trump asked Barletta to run for Senate and is expected to campaign for him.  Casey is the son of a former Pennsylvania governor and is among 10 Democratic senators seeking re-election in states won by Trump.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) —  John Fetterman has won a five-way Democratic Party primary race for lieutenant governor, making Lt. Gov. Mike Stack the first holder of the office to lose in a primary election.  The Braddock mayor’s victory in Tuesday’s primary election means he will run on a ticket with Gov. Tom Wolf in the fall. Pennsylvania first started allowing lieutenant governors to serve a second term in the 1970s.  Fetterman had made a failed bid in 2016 for the U.S. Senate.  Stack, a former Philadelphia state senator, has had a chilly relationship with Wolf in their first term together.  Wolf last year ordered an investigation into the treatment of state employees by Stack and his wife and stripped Stack of state police protection.

Here are the latest numbers from the AP:  x indicates winner.

U.S. Senate GOP – Primary

9,138 of 9,189 precincts – 99 percent

x-Lou Barletta 429,498 – 63 percent

Jim Christiana 251,358 – 37 percent

Governor GOP – Primary

9,132 of 9,189 precincts – 99 percent

x-Scott Wagner 323,443 – 44 percent

Paul Mango 269,569 – 37 percent

Laura Ellsworth 137,365 – 19 percent

Lieutenant Governor Dem – Primary

9,139 of 9,189 precincts – 99 percent

x-John Fetterman 287,723 – 38 percent

Nina Ahmad 182,129 – 24 percent

Kathi Cozzone 142,682 – 19 percent

Mike Stack (i) 127,171 – 17 percent

Ray Sosa 27,417 – 4 percent

Lieutenant Governor GOP – Primary

9,138 of 9,189 precincts – 99 percent

x-Jeff Bartos 317,075 – 47 percent

Kathy Coder 147,548 – 22 percent

Diana Vaughan 119,150 – 18 percent

Peg Luksik 93,466 – 14 percent

District 9 East – Luzerne Co. 


430 of 430 precincts – 100 percent

x-Dan Meuser 26,568 – 53 percent

George Halcovage 12,032 – 24 percent

Scott Uehlinger 11,541 – 23 percent


430 of 430 precincts – 100 percent

x-Denny Wolff 11,020 – 41 percent

Gary Wegman 8,450 – 31 percent

Laura Quick 7,616 – 28 percent

District 12 NE Central 


568 of 569 precincts – 99 percent

x-Tom Marino (i) 39,537 – 67 percent

Doug McLinko 19,435 – 33 percent


District 12 NE Central

568 of 569 precincts – 99 percent

Marc Friedenberg 12,713 – 51 percent

Judy Herschel 12,407 – 49 percent

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