York County's newest state senator declared victory again Tuesday just nine weeks after he first triumphed in a special election as a write-in candidate.
Scott Wagner, who currently represents the 28th Senate District, earned the Republican nomination to seek a full four-year term.
"I am deeply appreciative and I will not let you down," he told supporters during a victory speech Tuesday night.
Wagner, of Spring Garden Township, defeated Zack Hearn of Windsor Township.
Hearn, who works in Washington, D.C., as the American Legion's deputy director for claims, said he called Wagner to congratulate him Tuesday night. Wagner has his work cut out for him, Hearn said.
"He's got a budget fight coming up," Hearn said.
In November, Wagner will face Democrat Linda Small, who appeared on Tuesday's Democratic ballot unopposed.
He said he intends to earn a four-year term "and get some things done in Harrisburg."
"We're not taking the general election lightly," Wagner said. "We're not taking anything for granted."
On Tuesday, Wagner received nearly 85 percent of 15,542 total votes cast, according to unofficial results from York County's election office.
Wagner caught statewide attention after his March 18 special election win, becoming Pennsylvania's first-ever write-in candidate to take a Senate seat.
Tuesday, Wagner said his victory in March as a write-in candidate sent "a clear message that people want change."
In the special election triggered by the resignation of former Sen. Mike Waugh, Wagner defeated state Rep. Ron Miller, who was the Republican party's nominee.
Wagner, the owner of Penn Waste, will hold the 28th Senate seat through the end of the Nov. 30 session.
The 28th Senate District covers Chanceford, Codorus, East Hopewell, Fawn, Heidelberg, Hellam, Hopewell, Lower Chanceford, Lower Windsor, Manchester, Manheim, North Codorus, North Hopewell, Paradise, Peach Bottom, Shrewsbury, Spring Garden, Springfield, West Manchester, Windsor and York townships and the boroughs of Cross Roads, Dallastown, Delta, East Prospect, Fawn Grove, Felton, Glen Rock, Hallam, Jacobus, Jefferson, Loganville, New Freedom, New Salem, North York, Railroad, Red Lion, Seven Valleys, Shrewsbury, Spring Grove, Stewartstown, West York, Windsor, Winterstown, Wrightsville, Yoe and Yorkana, as well as all of York City.
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