Wagner gets Bannon’s stamp of approval in governor’s race

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – President Donald Trump hasn’t endorsed a candidate for the GOP nomination in Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial election next year, but Scott Wagner might have something close to it.

Steve Bannon, the divisive ex-Trump strategist, urged a conservative gathering in St. Louis over the weekend to support the Republican state senator from York County.

Wagner told the crowd that flying to St. Louis with Bannon left him “500 percent more emboldened.” He also said Pennsylvanians are being “shafted” by politicians from both major parties and criticized the state Senate’s Republican leadership as giving Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf “a free pass.”

Bannon touted Wagner as challenging “a corrupt and incompetent Republican establishment” that he says hasn’t supported Trump. Ex-health care consultant Paul Mango is also seeking the GOP nomination to challenge Wolf’s bid for a second term next year.

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