Wagner wins re-election as Pa. auditor general

November 4, 2008 9:14:27 PM PST
Auditor General Jack Wagner, a Democratic former state senator from Pittsburgh, won re-election by defeating Republican Chet Beiler, a Lancaster County businessman running for public office for the first time. The campaigns for Pennsylvania's three statewide "row offices" were largely overshadowed by the hotly contested presidential campaign.

McCord's ability to advertise heavily on TV gave him a leg up in the treasurer's race, which featured two newcomers to state politics.

Incumbent Treasurer Robin Wiessmann agreed not to seek a full four-year term when she was appointed to fill a vacancy created by Bob Casey's election to the U.S. Senate.

Each of the row offices carries substantial responsibility and an annual salary that is currently about $142,000.