2022 Live Election Results: Josh Shapiro vs. Doug Mastriano in race for Governor of Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Voters electing a new Pennsylvania governor chose between Democrat Josh Shapiro and Republican Doug Mastriano on Tuesday, with the future of abortion rights at stake, as well as the handling of the 2024 presidential race in an often watershed state. .

Shapiro, the state’s two-term elected attorney general, broke Pennsylvania’s campaign finance record on a powerful campaign in a year that Democrats have faced headwinds nationwide, including high inflation.

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Mastriano, a retired Army colonel and state senator, is a relative political novice who campaigned on the far right and largely refused to speak to mainstream news outlets, scuttling prospects for a debate with an independent moderator.

Polls have suggested Shapiro is leading Mastriano, who has driven out moderate voters by being a top ally in former President Donald Trump’s efforts to stay in power and marching to the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, where he has saw pro-Trump protesters attack the police.

He struggled to raise funds as he was hit by a deluge of advertisements for the Shapiro campaign, but tried to counter it with a vigorous campaign that relied on a force of passionate volunteers and daily uploaded videos. on Facebook to connect with followers.

They vied to succeed Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, who is constitutionally barred from seeking a third term and endorsed Shapiro. The winner will likely share power with entrenched Republican majorities in the state Legislature.

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A victory for Shapiro would make him the first Pennsylvania governor to be elected to succeed a member of his party since 1966.

Issues such as the economy and abortion rights weighed heavily on voters.

About 8 in 10 Pennsylvania voters say things in the country are headed in the wrong direction, according to AP VoteCast, an extensive survey of more than 3,100 voters in the state.

About half of voters in the state say the economy and jobs are the most important issue facing the country, according to the survey. And about 8 in 10 voters rate the country’s economy as not so good or bad.

The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade also played a role in most voter decisions, with about 8 in 10 calling him a factor. Only about a quarter rated it as the most important factor.

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Most voters say they are confident ballots will be counted accurately, the survey found, although nearly 3 in 10 voters said they were not overly confident or not at all confident.

Meanwhile, nearly 7 in 10 voters say they are very or somewhat concerned that Mastriano’s views are too extreme. Only about 4 in 10 say they are concerned that Josh Shapiro’s opinions are too extreme.

Polling places closed at 8 p.m., though a Luzerne County judge ordered all polling places to stay open until 10 p.m. after some ran out of supplies.

Mastriano, 58, used a far-right platform to lock in the party’s most right-wing voters, win Trump’s endorsement and win a crowded nine-vote primary.

Shapiro, 49, a political force strong enough to wipe out the Democratic primary, entered the race as the all-time leading scorer in a single election in Pennsylvania, breaking the record when re-elected in 2020.

With no main challenger to force him left on key issues, Shapiro has taken middle ground on policies regarding education funding, COVID-19 mitigation and energy.

During that time, he endorsed Austin Davis, a state legislator, to be his running mate and, possibly, the first black lieutenant governor in a state that has never elected a black governor or U.S. senator.

In light of the June Supreme Court ruling on abortion rights, Shapiro pledged to protect Pennsylvania’s existing 24-week law. He also touted his office’s fight in court to protect the state’s 2020 election from Trump’s efforts to nullify it.

Mastriano said he supports a complete ban on abortion, no exceptions, and has been a key figure in Trump’s bid to stay in power and spread his lies about a stolen election.

He dwelt on some national GOP talking points — blaming Democrats for crime and inflation — but he also spread conspiracy theories and took a hard line on cultural issues.

Those positions — along with his actions on Jan. 6 — prompted some GOP officials to predict he was too extreme to win a general election in Pennsylvania.

Mastriano has done more than any other gubernatorial candidate in the United States to overturn the 2020 presidential election, and Democrats have accused him of preparing to unseat the next one from the governor’s office with his promises to decertify machines to vote and re-register voters.

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