HARRISBURG — Three Republican candidates for governor squared off Thursday night in a wide-ranging debate that covered such key topics as gun control, sexual-assault policies, and how closely they would align themselves with President Trump.
Laura Ellsworth, an attorney from the Pittsburgh area; Allegheny County health-care consultant Paul Mango; and State Sen. Scott Wagner of York faced off at the Harrisburg Area Community College in their first public matchup since House Speaker Mike Turzai dropped out of the race last month.
All three received loud, supportive cheers at various points during the debate, which was sponsored by the Patriot-News and local TV station CBS21. The primary is May 15.
Here are a few takeaways from the debate: