The governor's race in Pennsylvania is being overshadowed by Senate primaries for both parties, but on May 17 Republicans will also make their choice as the party tries to flip control of the open seat back to the GOP.

Nine candidates are vying for the GOP nomination, while Attorney General Josh Shapiro is running unopposed in the Democratic primary for governor. Term-limited Gov. Tom Wolf wrested control back from unpopular Republican Gov. Tom Corbett in 2014, a bright spot in an otherwise challenging year for Democrats nationally. Now, Democrats are hoping once again that the messy primary and the potential emergence of a problematic nominee could offer some hope in 2022, despite Republican headwinds forming.

Recent polls show that anywhere from a quarter to half of primary voters are still undecided with just weeks to go. Notably, for the first time since 1978, the state party declined to make an endorsement, leaving the unusually large field even more muddled. It's plausible that the winning candidate may only need 20%-25% of the vote in order to secure the

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