Pennsylvania Republicans had been wringing their hands for weeks, worried that if state Sen. Doug Mastriano — the chief disciple perpetuating former President Trump’s false stolen election narrative in the state — won the primary for governor, they’d lose a prime opportunity in an incredibly favorable climate to flip the open governor’s race back to their control. That political nightmare became a reality on Tuesday night, as Mastriano easily won the nomination over other high-spending rivals by 24 points.
Top GOP voices in the Keystone State believe that Mastriano — who was at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, but says he never went in would turn off key suburban and swing voters, particularly women, he’d need to win a general election. The retired Army colonel has campaigned as a Christian nationalist who wants to ban abortion without any exceptions. Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who was unopposed for the Democratic nomination, has made abortion rights a centerpiece of his campaign that has become more urgent amid a pending Supreme Court decision that, if a draft opinion earlier this
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