GOP Establishment Defeated by Tea Party Write-in Candidate

Scott Wagner

Tea Party candidate Scott Wagner wasn’t on the ballot in an election for the state Senate in Pennsylvania, but it didn’t matter. He won anyway, and it wasn’t even close. 

GOP establishment-backed candidate, Republican Pennsylvania State Representative Ron Miller, who was on the ballot, received 26.64% of the vote. The Democrat candidate, Linda Small, received 25.67%, but Tea Party grassroots candidate Wagner received 47.68% of the vote as a write-in candidate, almost double that of Miller. 

In a statement, the victorious Scott Wagner, a small business owner, lifelong York County, PA, resident, and first time candidate, said that he’d made history:

“Our victory is a result of the hard-work of many people throughout York County participating in our campaign along with our campaign team. I want to thank all of you.

Tonight demonstrates the people of York County are committed to doing what is right for our community and the state of Pennsylvania.

Again, thanks to everyone for all that you have done to make history tonight.”