Entering 2018, state Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York) holds a cash advantage over the rest of the gubernatorial field with $5,919,757.84 on hand, $395903.62 ahead of Paul Mango’s cash on hand.
Laura Ellsworth is the only candidate to enter the year with under $1 million on hand, with $417,244.52.
Both Mango and Wagner donated money to their campaigns. Mango outpaced all other candidates in self donations with $6,709,000 of his own money in the race, while Wagner donated $1,454,368.51 to his. Ellsworth donated $15,000 to her campaign.
Part of Wagner’s fundraising came through transfers from his state Senate campaign totaling $55,000.
At the end of the year Wagner’s campaign is carrying a large amount of debt compared to the other candidates, holding $5,652,368.51 in debt which is over five times the next closest.
All four candidates train Governor Tom Wolf’s numbers heading into 2018. Wolf entered the year with $11 million on hand and an uncontested primary.
Below is a breakdown of the topline numbers from all of the candidates filings.