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Lt. Gov. Mike Stack loses primary to John Fetterman

17 May 2018

The Braddock mayor's victory means he will run on a ticket with Gov. Tom Wolf in the fall.

John Fetterman won the five-way Democratic Party primary race for lieutenant governor Tuesday, beating incumbent Mike Stack.

Mike Stack was among five Democrats on Tuesday's primary election ballot, and he didn't emerge the victor. Pennsylvania first started allowing lieutenant governors to serve a second term in the 1970s.

While Stack's popularity began to suffer in 2017 over allegations that he and his wife verbally abused state employees that worked for the family, Fetterman's profile has been growing since a failed campaign for U.S. Senate in 2016 in which he earned almost 20 percent of the vote as a relatively unknown candidate.

On the Republican side of the ballot, Jeffrey Bartos grabbed the GOP nomination from Kathleen Coder, with 47 percent and 20.8 percent of the vote, respectively.

Stack, meanwhile, reportedly had a poor relationship with Wolf and came under fire when staff at the lieutenant governor's residence and from his police detail complained about their treatment by Stack and his wife.

Stack's office later disclosed that his wife had entered treatment for a mental health issue.

The lieutenant governor presides over the Senate and chairs the state pardons board, among other responsibilities.

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Lt. Gov. Mike Stack loses primary to John Fetterman