GOP Caucus Meeting Straw Poll Results: Governor
After the Central, Northeast, and NECRA caucuses met on January 6th, state Sen. Scott Wagner won all three straw polls, finishing the day with 91 votes. State House Speaker Mike Turzai came in second overall with 30 votes, Paul Mango came in third with 17 votes, and Laura Ellsworth came in fourth with two votes.
“I am honored to have the support of so many influential members of the Republican State Committee,” Wagner said.
Though she received two votes in the straw polls, Ellsworth announced she would not be taking part in the straw polls.
“I believe each GOP candidate for governor should make his or her case to all Republican voters in the May primary. Pennsylvanians are tired of politics as usual and insider deals. … An endorsement process controlled by insiders and career politicians is simply not the best course for our party,” Ellsworth said in a statement according to the Altoona Mirror.
Update: Wagner won the Southeast caucus straw poll over the weekend, continuing to sweep the caucus straw polls. The straw poll though was the closest yet, with Wagner edging out Turzai by only eight votes.
“By adding the Southeast to his ongoing sweep of State Committee caucuses, Scott is demonstrating that his outsider candidacy has strong support in multiple corners of the Commonwealth,” Wagner campaign manager Jason High said in a release.
Update 2/3: Wagner and Turzai split the Southwest and Northwest Caucus straw polls, with Wagner taking the win in the Southwest and Turzai taking the Northwest.
“Today’s results are an indication that Scott is the clear favorite to receive the party’s endorsement going into the next weekend’s final State Committee meeting,” High said of Wagner’s win.
Even with the split results, Wagner still holds a large lead in the straw polls. Though the polls are non-binding, the results begin to paint a picture of who the state party members will vote to endorse at the state committee meeting this weekend if they decide to endorse in the race.
Below are the caucus votes from the weekend. They will be updated as the votes continue in the coming weeks.