Along the way, Wagner pumped more than $10 million of his own cash into his campaign, and he spread hundreds of thousands more around the state since past year to boost GOP committees and candidates.
Scott Wagner will run against Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf after winning the GOP gubernatorial primary.
"I want to thank the voters of Pennsylvania for nominating Jeff and I tonight to be the next lieutenant governor and governor", said Wagner. But back in 2014, I put everything I had into what many said was a insane, "un-winnable" write-in campaign for the state senate.
Wagner, who was endorsed by the state GOP, now holds a 44-36 lead over Mango.
Unofficial returns show Wagner gathering 44% of Pennsylvanian votes. "When they see us, they're coming over to us", said Ellsworth.
"We sent a message tonight, make no mistake about it, we sent a very strong message", said Mango in his concession speech.
With the primary win under his belt, Wagner will now focus his energies on making Wolf, 63, who was uncontested for Democratic nomination, the second one-term governor in state history.
"Tonight is the culmination of over a year of hard work by our candidates, team and supporters".
Unlike Mango, she didn't call for Republicans to rally behind the party nominee but instead, challenged whoever wins the governor's race to "to ask yourself in your heart what you can bring to the table and then bring it to the table and let's make Pennsylvania be the state that it deserves to be".
Wagner was endorsed by the State Republican Party.
Wolf likely will attack Wagner as posing a danger to programs for children, schools and seniors, while Wagner likely will attack Wolf as a serial tax hiker, an out-of-touch elitist and a lousy leader.
Wolf, who like Wagner is also millionaire businessman, starts his post-primary re-election campaign with $14 million in bank.
Also in Pennsylvania, three local state lawmakers lost in their Primary races.
In the 80th State House district, Republican Jim Gregory will face Democrat Laura Burke in November.