HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) We are less than a month away from the May primary. We know that Governor Tom Wolf will be the Democratic candidate for governor.  Tomorrow — the three Republican Candidates hoping to take on Wolf will share the stage for a debate.  Eyewitness News State Capitol Reporter Matt Heckel introduces us to the candidates.

 Three weeks ahead of the May primary election.

In a race that has become contentious. On Wednesday night, The three Republican candidates vying to take on Governor Tom Wolf in November will square off in a debate in Lancaster. The race between State Senator Scott Wagner, who has the endorsement of the state GOP,  Paul Mango, and Laura Ellsworth. The campaign so far, a nasty one.

  “Negative campaigning tends to drive up turnout.”

Jim Lee with Susquehanna polling and research says right now the race seems to be between Wagner and Mango but with no clear front-runner.

Lee says “The ads in all likelihood are creating more volatility among the Republican electorate, and more uncertainty about who the right choice is to take on Tom Wolf.”

  “The candidate who is least known is Laura Ellsworth. So, she has the most to gain.” Adds Republican strategist Christopher Nicholas.  He is with Eagle Consulting group and says  all three candidates are going to have a prime opportunity in Wednesday’s debate.

  “Those who do vote in primaries, they tend to be more active in politics. So, they want to see the debate, they want to read about it the day after. So, they’re kind of gathering their facts, even though they haven’t made up their minds.” Noted Nicholas.

Nicholas expects everything from agriculture to unemployment. But one of the main things he’s keeping his eye on, Is how Mango and Wagner react to one another after a rough campaign season.

  “If the two gentlemen go after each other in person, like they have been on TV, it’s going to make for a very interesting debate.”

You Can Watch The Republican Gubernatorial Debate Tomorrow Night  on WYOU At 7 Pm.  
    We Will Also Be Streaming It Live On CBS All Access And On Pahomepage  And On Our Mobile App.