Wolf Wins Four More Years, Takes Luzerne County
Luzerne County voters helped incumbent Democrat Tom Wolf win another four-year term as Pennsylvania’s governor on Tuesday.
In a contest between wealthy businessmen from York County, Wolf led Republican nominee Scott Wagner by more than 700,000 votes state-wide as of 11 p.m., according to unofficial returns.
With 90 percent of the state’s 9,163 voting precincts reporting, Wolf had 2,424,191 votes to Wagner’s 1,678,435 votes, or a lead of about 58 percent to 40 percent.
In Luzerne County, Wolf had 52,985 votes compared to 48,361 votes for Wagner, or a lead of about 52 percent to 47 percent, according to unofficial totals after 179 of the county’s 180 voting districts reported results.
Libertarian nominee Ken Krawchuk and Green Party nominee Paul Glover each received less than 1 percent of votes cast in the county and the state, according to the unofficial returns.
Wolf, 69, a former state secretary of revenue, was elected Pennsylvania’s 47th governor in 2014, in his first bid for elective office. He won Luzerne County easily four years ago, with about 9,000 votes more than Republican Tom Corbett.
Wolf will work with a new lieutenant governor in his second term, which starts in January.
John Fetterman, the mayor of Braddock in Allegheny County, defeated incumbent Mike Stack in the May Democratic primary for lieutenant governor.
Wolf “has done a great job” in his first four years in office, said John Pekarovsky, chairman of the Luzerne County Democratic Party.
“I think he’s focused on the right things, like improving public education,” Pekarovsky said.
Wolf will also work with state and local leaders of both parties to promote the creation of quality jobs, he said.
The governor has “connected well with the people of the state,” according to Pekarovsky.
“I see the next four years being even better,” he said.
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