Governor Tom Wolf is leading Republicans Laura Ellsworth, Paul Mango, and Scott Wagner in cash on hand after the first quarter of 2018.
Wolf ended the first quarter with $14.7 million on hand, while Wagner was the closest Republican with $6.2 million on hand. Mango reported $3.3 million on hand and Ellsworth ended with $434,000 on hand.
The first quarter also saw Wolf raise more money than any of the Republicans in the race, raising $4.9 million, $2.2 million more than the closest Republican. Wagner raised $2.7 million, Mango raised $572,000, and Ellsworth raised $368,000.
According to the Associated Press almost half of Wolf’s contributions came from labor unions, and $250,000 from each the Democratic Governors Association and the National Democratic Redistricting Committee.
Most of Wagner’s campaign contributions came from himself, including $836,000 donated by himself and $1.6 million in returns from campaign investments. Wagner also gave $320,000 of in-kind contributions to his campaign.
Mango raised most of his money through $275,000 in donations from himself and a $200,000 loan from Patrick Hampson that was converted into a contribution.
Ellsworth, Mango, and Wagner will face each other in the May 15th primary, while Wolf does not have a primary opponent.
Yesterday, WolfForPa.com sent me an email claiming that 91% of his contributions were of $250 or less, from 13,244 people from all 67 counties. That is a very popular governor. Wagner is in trouble, I think, regardless how many multimillion dollar checks he writes himself.
Wagner’s report on the department of state says that he only has 1 million and some change
Its Wolf’s to lose.
Lose it he will.
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