Madeleine Dean is flocked by supporters who feel a victory at the end of a three- person race for the newly drawn 4th District.

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Pa. Primary: Wagner to challenge Wolf, Barletta to battle Casey, Scanlon and Dean claim victory

May 15, 2018 - 9:53 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio/AP) — Election results for the Pennsylvania primary are in.

Statewide nominees 

Sen. Bob Casey was uncontested and will face Republican candidate Lou Barletta — a four-term congressman who is a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump — who received the vote over Jim Christiana.

In a heated race for governor, Pennsylvania state senator and waste-hauling millionaire Scott Wagner received 44 percent of the vote and will face Gov. Tom Wolf this fall. Wagner and candidate Paul Mango delivered loud debates in recent months. Mango came in at 38 percent while Laura Ellsworth gathered 19.3 percent.

Wagner's victory in the 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.

His next task: “To unify and bring our party together like you’ve never seen the Republican party together in Pennsylvania.”

But that may be a tall order after a bitter primary that will be remembered for its vicious attack ads.

Pennsylvania's lieutenant governor has also become the first holder of the office to lose in a primary election.

John Fetterman sealed the vote over incumbent Mike Stack with 40.1 percent. Republican Jeff Bartos rose above his competitors with 45 percent. The Braddock mayor's victory means he will run on a ticket with Wolf in the fall. Pennsylvania first started allowing lieutenant governors to serve a second term in the 1970s.

Congressional districts

Pennsylvania’s 5th Congressional District, made up of Delaware County, part of South Philadelphia and a sliver of Montgomery County, has named Democrat Mary Gay Scanlon over Rich Lazer with just 28.4 percent. She beat out 10 candidates.

Mary Gay Scanlon trailed for most of the night, as Philadelphia numbers favored former Deputy Mayor Rich Lazer. But as Delaware County came in, Scanlon's numbers surged. As she claimed victory, she led by 5,000 votes — the most of either of them. 

Lazer called Scanlon to congratulate her and also pledged his support to her in the fall when she faces Republican Pearl Kim. 

"As your congressman, I will continue to fight for free and fair elections, fair and equitable public education, human rights including women's rights," she said.

That's a far cry from what most of Delaware County is used to; many residents insist that's the point. The race will be an all-female affair.

In the newly redrawn 4th Congressional District, Madeleine Dean dominated the Democratic nomination with 73.8 percent. Republican Dan David ran unopposed.

In Bucks County’s 1st Congressional District, voters choose the further-left millionaire Scott Wallace over the more moderate, Navy vet and mother Rachel Reddick. Republican Brian Fitzpatrick easily held off a challenge from the far right of his party, Dean Malik, who criticized Fitzpatrick of being critical of President Trump.

Other leading candidates in Tuesday's primary were incumbent Democrats Brendan Boyle in the 2nd District and Dwight Evans in the 3rd District. They will face their Republican counterparts, David Torres and Bryan Leib, respectively, who both ran unopposed.

Because their districts are wholly in Philadelphia, they are automatic favorites. Boyle noted he'd become the most senior member of Congress from the area, though he has his eyes on an even bigger prize.

"If I were the most senior member from this area serving in the majority party, that does present an advantage, really an advantage to this area," he said.

Both men say they'll be campaigning for other Democrats in hopes of flipping the House. 

In Chester County’s 6th Congressional District, incumbent Ryan Costello announced he would not seek re-election.

Tuesday's elections will begin to settle swing state Pennsylvania's chaotic congressional landscape after a court fight ended with redrawn districts just three months ago.

City elections

Voters passed three charter change questions on the city ballot. 

Congressman Boyle said it wasn't as easy as it looked.

"Three months ago, the new maps came out and I was suddenly thrown into a district, which was majority new to me," he said, "and so to win and win by 30 points is something that's just a great feeling."

But now that he and Evans are through the primary, they're heavy favorites in the fall as well. Both say they'll be working not only to stay in Congress but to flip it to Democratic control. Evans said he thinks it can happen.

"We have an opportunity for the majority. We need 23 seats and it has to come through Pennsylvania," said Evans.

In more local concerns, voters gave the nod to three new provisions for the city charter: mandatory sexual harassment training for new employees, City Council veto power over the mayor's school board nominees, and a minimum appropriation for the Police Advisory Commission.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report. © Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

KYW Newsradio's Rachel Kurland, Paul Kurtz, Jim Melwert, Pat Loeb, David Madden and Mark Abrams also contributed to this report.