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State Sentate GOP digests special election result

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 19, 2014 2:02 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- Republicans in the state Senate are digesting the news that they'll be joined by a conservative trash-hauling company owner who was heavily critical of the party for trying to defeat him in a special election.

Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi suggests the negative campaign tactics shouldn't leave hard feelings between them and Scott Wagner. He says it's not the first spirited race between Republicans, and it won't be the last.

But Wagner spokesman Ryan Shafik says the Senate Republican Campaign Committee launched personal attacks on Wagner and fence mending is needed.

Wagner defeated the Republican and Democratic Party nominees in claiming victory in Tuesday night's election as a write-in candidate to finish the term of retired York County Sen. Mike Waugh. The term ends Nov. 30.

An earlier story is below:

Republicans in the state Senate are digesting the news that they'll be joined by a conservative trash-hauling company owner who was heavily critical of the party for trying to defeat him in a special election.

Senator Richard Alloway, who helps lead the Senate Republican Campaign Committee, says he hopes Scott Wagner arrives in Harrisburg ready to work with him and the rest of the chamber's Republicans. 

Wagner claimed victory in last night's election as a write-in candidate to finish the term of retired York County Senator Mike Waugh. Wagner defeated both Republican Party nominee and current state Representative Ron Miller and Democratic Party nominee Linda Small. The term ends November 30.  

A May 20 primary and November 4th general election to decide who will serve the next four-year term that begins in January.

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