Elections

Republican candidates for governor hit road to drum up votes

Mango, Ellsworth and Wagner are running for the Republican nomination

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) - Tuesday morning, voters in Pennsylvania head to the polls as Republicans choose their candidate to take on Tom Wolf for the governor's office in November.

All three Republican candidates for governor spent their last day of campaigning very similarly -- crossing the state and trying to convince the remaining undecided voters.

"We started in Philadelphia this morning, then we're up in Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, and now we're here. Then we're going to Johnstown and then back to Pittsburgh," said Paul Mango. 

Laura Ellsworth stopped by the Capitol Diner in Harrisburg on Monday.

"We've been going from 6 a.m. in the morning until 1 a.m. the next morning for the last couple of months," she said. 

According to the latest ABC27 Susquehanna Polling and Research Poll, she has her work cut out for her. She's coming in a distant third place to Scott Wagner and Paul Mango.

Still, Ellsworth is confident. 

"There's 22 percent undecided. I think what that shows is there's a large number of people who are looking for an alternative. When they see us, they're coming over to us," she said. 

"Our polls tell us something different, and obviously, the only poll that really matters is tomorrow. But, we think we're a couple points ahead to tell you the truth," Mango said. 

Mango greeted supporters in lower Allen Township, trying to distinguish himself from the competition.

"I am the most conservative candidate in this race," he said. "I would suggest I am the only conservative candidate in this race, and I am an outsider."

"I am the only person in the race who is an outsider," Ellsworth argues. 

Wagner may be the front-runner in the poll, but he said he's acting like the underdog.

"If I walk in here and talk to people here, they're going to tell me what the issues are," he said. 

The polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday. 


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