Wagner’s campaign commissioned and released the poll by McLaughlin & Associates showing Wagner with a large lead over fellow candidate Paul Mango.
In the latest poll, 45% of Republicans said they would vote for Wagner in a two-way race between him and Mango, up from the 42% in the previous poll. Mango’s numbers went up to 16% from 13%.
The poll also did a poll between Wagner, Mango, and potential candidate Laura Ellsworth. In the three-way race, Wagner got 45%, Mango got 13%, and Ellsworth got 5%.
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.
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 400 likely Republican voters, between September 18th and 20th. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.9 percent.