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Wolf Cruises to Second Term

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.

4 Responses

  1. Talked to a few poll workers I know in the city. They told me that turnout was a bit lighter than they were anticipating due to the rain. Probably prevented a 20 point loss.

  2. Future Republican aspirants to the Governor’s post would do well to look at Wagner’s campaign as a model for what NOT to do to win an election.

  3. A 17 point landslide loss to Gov Wolf represents how Scott Wagner’s candidacy will impact Pennsylvania for many years to come, especially, through redistricting. This is huge because it ends the gerrymandering power of King Scarnati. In a sense, Scott Wagner was a tremendous gift to the Democrats of Pennsylvania because Dems now have also won increased seats in the state legislature. Our neighbors in Ohio have a Republican who won for Gov so this was not the same night for Dem’s everywhere. Clearly, Scott Wagner’s hassling the tracker at the country club, calling the young questioner “young and naive” and the “golf spikes” video all paved the way to a candidacy that collapsed and energized Dems statewide.

    1. Even without all those mistakes he wouldn’t have won. The fact is that the good economy also helps Wolf. He is also the type that appeals to the middle of the road voter. In Wagner’s best day, he never had that ability.

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    Total Voters: 30

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