Scott Wagner wins special election

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Mar 18, 2014 10:58 PM

(York) -- Write in candidate Scott Wagner has unofficially won the special election for the 28th Senate district in York County. But the celebrations will be followed up by another primary for the same seat in just two months.

First though, the Republican businessman celebrated with his supporters at the Santander Stadium in downtown York.


"This is actually a very, very big deal. This is an incredible deal."

According to the York County Election Board, the write-in line collected nearly 48 percent of the vote, and it's expected the bulk of those votes will go for Wagner.

He says the win proves that York County saw they wanted a change.

"All we did was Ron Miller's record, and the pensions. Everything we did was factual. There was not a single thing that we did that was slanderous. Everything they did was slanderous towards me," says Wagner.

Republican state Representative Ron Miller edged Democrat Linda Small to finish second in the special election, with nearly 27 percent.

Miller conceded to Wagner around 9 o'clock last night, in a short statement to the press.

But the campaign is just starting.

There's a primary in May, which could mean another fight on the Republican side.

Those with Representative Miller's campaign said he has not made a decision on whether he'll run in the primary again. Miller briefly spoke to the press last night, and a campaign aide says it will take some time to sort out the loss.

On the other hand, Scott Wagner says he's ready.

"The bottom line is that tomorrow morning at 6 am, we're locked and loaded for the primary and we have the general election in November."

Wagner says despite attack ads from the Senate Republican Campaign Committee that questioned his treatment of an elderly woman, he's confident he'll triumph come May.

"I don't fear the Republican party, trust me. Not at all. We ran a great campaign, look at the room, look at the energy. We have a lot of good stuff on our side."

For the Democrats, Linda Small has no opponent for the primary.

The 28th is a conservative district, but Small says she's hopeful if the campaign focuses on the issues, she can win.

"When you look at the record of the policies of the other side, you see that they have not worked. And then you look at ways that you could make things work - that you could stop the property tax increases and fund education. That we have in the past created good jobs with good wages and fair benefits. There is a path to that."

"We believe in what we're fighting for, we believe its very important so we're going to continue on until we succeed."

The primary is May 20th.

Voters will also choose candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor, along with other local races.

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