Pennsylvania voters choose candidates for lieutenant governor

Modesto Morganelli
Mag 16, 2018

Mango, a U.S. Army veteran from Pittsburgh who works for a business leadership and professional advisory firm, was a first-time candidate.

Wagner, a state senator and millionaire trash-hauler, spent more than $10 million of his own money to seize the front-runner position and the GOP endorsement.

It was a historic result, as incumbent Mike Stack, battered by controversies over the past year, became the first sitting Pennsylvania lieutenant governor to lose in a primary.

The Braddock mayor who rose to state and national prominence during his run for U.S. Senate in 2016, emerged from a crowded field to win the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor in Tuesday's primary.

Voters in Pennsylvania have chosen their candidates in the race for lieutenant governor this fall.

While Stack's popularity began to suffer in 2017 over allegations that he and his wife verbally abused state employees that worked for the family, Fetterman's profile has been growing since a failed campaign for U.S. Senate in 2016 in which he earned almost 20 percent of the vote as a relatively unknown candidate.

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta had paid little attention to his Republican rival, state Rep. Jim Christiana, during the primary campaign.

Fetterman won the unusually contentious five-way election with about 38 percent of the vote.

Barletta endorsed Trump for president.

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