Mr. Wagner shrugged off the attacks as signs of political desperation.
Political analyst and pollster Dr. Terry Madonna says the bitter ad war between Mango and Wagner may leave the GOP with a battered nominee.
Pennsylvania's lieutenant governor became the first holder of the office to lose in a primary election. Mr. Wagner, whose campaign spent more than $12 million in the primary, including more than $3 million of his personal money, had $2.2 million on hand in late April.
Wagner is brash - "I am going to be the next governor, take that to the bank", he said previous year - and has a penchant for off-the-cuff speaking that makes him a magnet for controversy. "And leadership is gonna start doing things for [sic] Pennsylvania needs done".
Wolf's polling numbers suggest he is in a comfortable spot to seek re-election, political scientists say, and he has worked to show that he can deftly operate the levers of government despite butting heads inside the state Capitol with huge Republican legislative majorities. Wagner is a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump, while Gov. Wolf has been critical of the current president. He trailed Wolf by 16 percentage points, while his opponents Paul Mango and Laura Ellsworth both lagged behind the governor by 20 percentage points. He had no previous involvement with politics other than being a member of the donor class.
Fetterman had made a failed bid in 2016 for the U.S. Senate.
"But primaries are family arguments". Remember Trump's critique of another family-values politician who Trump claimed would hold the Bible high and then put it down and lie? In one Mr. Mango called Mr. Wagner "sleazy".
"Scott Wagner is the very worst of Harrisburg", said Jeff Sheridan, Wolf's campaign manager. After a hard race, the Republican candidate failed to end the night with a ticket to the race for governor this fall.
She talked about this being another Year of the Woman and that we should vote for her because she's a woman. "But would I be shocked if she did? No". "And while we didn't achieve our goal, we must all remain focused on the most important goal, which is defeat Gov. Tom Wolf in November of this year". U.S. News ranks Pennsylvania near the bottom of the list for fiscal stability and quality of life.
That's why Pennsylvanian's Republican primary voters responded to the candidate who threatened to take a baseball bat to the establishment.