Why Scott Wagner had TV ads in January

He gave his explanation to the crowd:

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What Scott Wagner’s apparent victory means for Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania

Republican Scott Wagner contributed tens of thousands of dollars to Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania in 2012.

The group, which says it is committed to restoring limited government and economic freedom, opposed several incumbent Republicans that year, including some in York County.

The chairman of Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania, John Kennedy, was at Wagner’s celebration Tuesday evening. Wagner recognized Kennedy, calling him “a great friend and mentor.” Wagner also talked about the support they provided to John McGinnis’s successful 2012 campaign for state Senate.

I spoke to Kennedy for a few minutes about the significance of Wagner’s victory.

Kennedy said Wagner has been identified with CAP since the organization started. He thinks Wagner’s victory is a good sign for the group.

“It further validates that the people are sick and tired and disgusted, in many ways, with the elite political class in Harrisburg, and they want something better,” he said. “…This is going to enhance our group for all the right reasons at the right time.”

Kennedy also said this: “A new senator will arrive in Harrisburg, not to self-serve, but to serve, not only this district, but the commonwealth.”

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What the state Democratic chairman said about Linda Small’s loss

Jim Burn, chairman of the state Democratic Party, released this statement:

“Linda Small is an honest, hardworking woman who served in the Navy for 27 years. She ran a spirited campaign that made the Pennsylvania Democratic Party proud. The people of this Commonwealth would have been well served with her leadership in Harrisburg. We look forward to her bright future and thank her for expanding the dialogue in York County.”

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What the state GOP chairman said about Scott Wagner’s apparent victory

Here’s the statement from Rob Gleason, chairman of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania:

“I would like to congratulate State Senator-elect Scott Wagner on his victory,” Gleason said. “Scott Wagner won a hard-fought race, and I am sure he will serve as a strong advocate for the people of the 28th District in the Senate.

“I want to commend Ron Miller on running a great race and I look forward to watching him continue to stand up for the principles of limited government and fiscal responsibility in the state House.”

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So why do you think Scott Wagner (apparently) won?

Ron Miller, a Republican from Jacobus, appears to have lost a special election Tuesday. He said people will analyze the results for quite some time to come.

So let’s get started!

 

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Special election night videos of candidates and their supporters

As the results started coming in, I talked to some Democrats at Linda Small‘s event.




More results came in. Teresa Ann Boeckel covered Ron Miller’s concession:

Meanwhile, I headed over to Scott Wagner‘s event:


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My voting day tradition

Before I cover an election, primary or special election, I need to prepare myself mentally.

To do that, I watch one of the dumbest moments* in the “Star Wars” franchise.

So for Tuesday’s special election and future non-special ones, may your allegiance always be to the republic, to democracy.

* One of the dumbest moments not involving you-know-who or the phrase “yippee.”

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Two Democratic guv candidates rally for Linda Small in York County

Two Democratic candidates for governor stopped in York County Monday afternoon to stump for state Senate candidate Linda Small.

Small is competing in the March 18 special election for the 28th Senatorial District against Republican nominee Ron Miller of Jacobus and Republican write-in candidate Scott Wagner of Spring Garden Township.

“Because of all your hard work, we have a historic opportunity here in York County,” Katie McGinty, a former state environmental protection secretary from Chester County, told a crowd at  DreamWrights Youth and Family Theatre.

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Guv candidates Jack Wagner and Katie McGinty stopping in York County for Linda Small

Democratic guv candidates Jack Wagner and Katie McGinty will be stopping in York County today to campaign for Democratic state Senate candidate Linda Small.

Small is competing Tuesday against Republican nominee Ron Miller and Republican write-in candidate Scott Wagner.

Details, after the jump:

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Where the state Senate candidates stand on campaign contribution limits

 

A recent campaign mailer from the state GOP criticizes Scott Wagner over campaign spending, and it says, “Ron Miller believes too much money is being spent on campaigns. He would support limits on spending.”

During the recent York Daily Record/Sunday News editorial board meeting, Miller was asked about limiting campaign contributions. He said there was a problem with that.

Here’s what happened:

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