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May 16, 2018

Fetterman wins Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor

Wagner to challenge Wolf in November

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John Fetterman.

With nearly 99.5 percent of voting districts reporting statewide, John Fetterman won the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor.

The Braddock, Pa. mayor, who ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in 2016, had 37.5 percent of the vote, according to unofficial tallies. He was endorsed by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Trailing Fetterman were two Philadelphia candidates, Nina Ahmad with 22.5 percent and incumbent Mike Stack with 16.5 percent. (Stack led with 38.1 percent of the votes in Philadelphia, with 27.4 percent for Ahmad and 17.6 percent for Fetterman. Fetterman handily won every county in the western half of the state.)

On the Republican side of the ballot, Jeffrey Bartos grabbed the GOP nomination from Kathleen Coder, with 47 percent and 20.8 percent of the vote, respectively. 

In the Republican contest for governor, Scott Wagner won his party's nomination to face Gov. Tom Wolf in November. Wolf was uncontested. Wagner had 44 percent of the vote, leading his nearest challenger, Paul Mango, who had 37 percent. (Mango outpolled Wagner, 40.5 percent to 38.7 percent in Philadelphia.)

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