Democratic incumbent Gov. Tom Wolf sealed a second term tonight by defeating fellow York native GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner and Lt. Governor running mate Jeff Bartos.
The Associated Press and other news outlets called the race for Wolf immediately after polls closed at 8pm. Wolf defeated Wagner 57.6% to 40.8% with 99% of the votes reported.
Despite their solo debate moderated by Alex Trebek and Wagner’s viral Facebook Live video, this race didn’t exactly garner many national headlines as Wolf remained the favorite throughout the race in various public polls. Wolf and Wagner often sparred over education, taxes and the economy throughout this race.
Wolf will be joined by progressive Braddock Mayor John Fetterman as his lieutenant governor for the second term, after Fetterman defeated current Lt. governor Mike Stack in the crowded May primary.
It is a major victory for Democrats in PA and nationally. The party now wields a veto pen for the 2021 redistricting, when Pa. is forecast to lose a congressional seat. A partisan stalemate over which district is axed, and how the final map should look, would end up in the Pa. Supreme Court.