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Pennsylvania Sen. Wagner GOP pick to face Wolf

Written by Associated Press | May 15, 2018 10:09 PM
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Scott Wagner, a York County state senator and the president of waste-hauling company, answers questions from the panel during a debate between Republican gubernatorial candidates at Harrisburg Area Community College in Harrisburg, Pa., Thursday, March 1, 2018. (Photo: Chris Knight, AP)

Pennsylvania state senator and waste-hauling millionaire Scott Wagner is the winner of the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.

Wagner's victory in Tuesday's three-way primary election caps a personal spending spree of more than $10 million that helped make him the front-runner and the GOP's endorsed candidate.

Wagner defeated first-time candidates Paul Mango and Laura Ellsworth, surviving weeks of Mango's sharp-elbowed attack ads that painted Wagner as sleazy and greedy.

Wagner fashions himself as a garbage man coming to clean up a state government that chokes the economy with regulations and taxes. He has compiled one of the Senate's most conservative voting records.

Wolf leads a unified Democratic Party into the fall. Wagner and Wolf live in York County.

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