Pennsylvania candidate says he'll 'stomp all over' opponent's face

Scott Wagner and Tom Wolf.
Scott Wagner and Tom Wolf. Photo credit: Getty/Reuters

A Pennsylvania candidate for governor has seemingly threatened his opponent with violence less than a month out from the election.

Republican Scott Wagner is trailing Democratic incumbent Tom Wolf by double digits in polls for the November 6 gubernatorial election, but won't give up the fight yet, CNN reports.

"Somewhere yesterday, your people said that I raised a... white flag," Mr Wagner said in a Facebook video.

"Well, Gov. Wolf, let me tell you, between now and November 6, you better put a catcher's mask on your face.

"Because I'm going to stomp all over your face with golf spikes - I'm going to win this for the state of Pennsylvania."

A representative for the Wolf campaign called the comments "unhinged and unfit for office".

"Scott Wagner's latest rant shows he is unhinged and unfit for office," campaign communications director Beth Melena said in a statement to CNN.

"Threats of violence have no place in society, especially from someone running for public office."

Wagner campaign spokesperson Andrew Romeo said the comments were not meant to be taken literally.

"He wanted them to be a metaphor for how he will approach the final stretch of the campaign," he told CNN.