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The real problem for Wander

Published by Tim McNulty on .

Pittsburgh's Republican mayoral nominee Josh Wander knows his chances of winning office are minimal this fall in a city where there are five times as many Democrats as Republicans.

"I feel very passionately about the two-party system, about giving people a choice," he told the P-G's Jim O'Toole.

After reading the story yesterday I was reminded that his biggest problem may be how voters in his own party -- let alone Democrats -- feel about him.

Wander ran in the 2012 primary to become a delegate that summer to the Republican National Convention. Each congressional district chooses three delegates, and Wander -- like every Pittsburgh Republican hopeful -- ran for a nod in the 14th District. City voters dominate the district (held by Mike Doyle) and other municipalities in the 14th are Democratic strongholds from New Kensington in the north to Mon Valley communities such as McKeesport and Clairton in the south. So it stands to reason that if a GOP candidate could get the bulk of votes from fellow Pittsburgh Republicans he/she would cruise to victory.

Wander came in dead last. As the chart below from the Pa Dept of State shows former county exec Jim Roddey was first, Tea Party volunteer/congressional candidate Melissa Haluszczak was second and longtime GOP state committeewoman Mary Ann Meloy was third.

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