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Election recap: Governor, U.S. Senate, congressional races decided

Here’s a recap of primary election news for the state, regional congressional districts and Northumberland County:


Pennsylvania state senator and waste-hauling millionaire Scott Wagner is the winner of the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf. Wagner defeated first-time candidates Paul Mango and Laura Ellsworth. Wagner and Wolf both live in York County.

Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senator: Lou Barletta, a four-term congressman who is a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump, won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania. Barletta had paid little attention to his Republican rival, state Rep. Jim Christiana, during the primary. Instead, he focused his attacks on the candidate he is looking to unseat in the fall, two-term Democratic Sen. Bob Casey. Casey is the son of a former Pennsylvania governor and is among 10 Democratic senators seeking re-election in states won by Trump.

U.S. Congressional Races:

Ninth Congressional District: Dan Meuser was declared the Republican winner and Denny Wolff the Democratic winner, each besting two opponents in their respective parties. They will face off in the fall.

12th Congressional District: Tom Marino won the Republican nomination over Doug McLinko. The Democratic race between  Marc Friedenberg and Judy Herschel had not been determined as of late Tuesday night.


Kurt Masser (R) will face Sarah Donnelly (D) on the ballot this fall for the 107th Legislative District, which includes Montour County and parts of Northumberland and Columbia counties.

In the 108th, Lynda Schlegel Culver was unopposed on the Republican ballot and there were no candidates for the Democrats. The 108th includes parts of Northumberland and Snyder counties.

AP Photo Scott Wagner, Republican candidate for Pennsylvania Governor, campaigns at a diner in Imperial, Pa., Monday, May 14, 2018, the day before the Pennsylvania primary where he faces two other Republicans, Paul Mango and Laura Ellsworth. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)