Wagner Poll: Wagner 38, Turzai 10, Mango 8
Wagner’s campaign commissioned and released the poll that showed Wagner with large lead over two possible primary opponents.
Wagner’s poll puts him at 38% in a three way race. Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai had 10%, and Allegheny County businessman Paul Mango had 8%.
In a two-way race between Wagner and Mango, Wagner had 42% and Mango had 13%.
Internal polls should always be taken with a grain of salt. Campaigns usually commission a complete poll and only release the most favorable results. They are often used to ward off potential challengers, win over donors, and consolidate support within the party early in the election cycle.
In polls of this nature, it is common practice to ask the ballot question, then give information about each candidate before asking the ballot again. This is sometimes called an ‘informed ballot’ question and can help a campaign hone its message to yield the best results.
PoliticsPA requested a full copy of the poll results.
The poll was conducted by McLaughlin & Associates, survey research and strategic services company based in Alexandria, Virginia. The poll surveyed 500 likely Republican voters, between April 9th and 10th. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.5 percent.
Former Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley, Congressman Mike Kelly (R-Butler), and state House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) are also rumored to be weighing a bid for Governor.