Mastriano, meanwhile, refused to concede on Tuesday night, telling his supporters he would wait for every vote to be counted.
Shapiro, who will succeed Democratic term governor Tom Wolf, has served as Pennsylvania’s attorney general since 2017. He ran on a promise to overhaul the state’s criminal justice system.
Shapiro vowed to protect abortion rights, reform the state’s cash bail system — which he says disproportionately affects low-income people — and increase funding for education . Although often dubbed by the media as a moderate or establishment Democrat, Shapiro said he identifies as a “populist” because “every day I put people before powerful institutions.”
As attorney general, Shapiro fought against former President Donald Trump’s attempt to nullify the 2020 presidential election. committed to requiring all Pennsylvanians to re-register to vote if he won the gubernatorial race.
In 2018, Shapiro made international headlines when he released a grand jury report that found the Catholic Church covered up the sexual abuse of more than 1,000 children. In a recent interview with POLITICOhe described this period as particularly difficult for him as a “person of faith”.
Religion has often become a campaign benchmark in the race. Shapiro, a conservative Jew from suburban Philadelphia, embraced his Judaism to connect with spiritual Pennsylvanians of all faiths. In addition to visiting churches, he was constantly using his ads calling his Republican opponent too extreme.
Mastriano has been a strong supporter of Trump and attended the January 6 rally at the United States Capitol. He has since argued with the House Committee investigating the events leading up to that day.
The themes Mastriano incorporated into his campaign contrasts sharply with that of Shapiro – to support the prohibition of abortion without exception to vowing to stop mail-in voting ‘without excuse’ which allows voters to request an absentee ballot without first having to provide an explanation.
Shapiro ads running for months specifically calling out Mastriano’s polarizing views. The Republican candidate has also been criticized for his association with Andrew Torba, the co-founder of far-right social media platform Gab whose anti-Semitic remarks and association with Christian nationalism made headlines. Mastriano himself was also accused of using anti-Semitic tropes, at one point portraying Shapiro as out of touch with ordinary Pennsylvanians because he attended “one of the most privileged schools in the country,” a private Jewish school.
Shapiro fueled this into his campaign, easily raising far more funds than Mastriano. He was too should have spent a total of $35 million throughout the election cycle when Mastriano was expected to spend less than $200,000.
Shapiro’s win came as no surprise to pundits on either side of the aisle. Polls less than two weeks before Election Day had Shapiro in the leadwith an investigation showing 13% of voters are undecided.
When finally Mastriano posted an ad in early October, he focused on his time in the military rather than how Pennsylvania would fare in the hands of its adversary.
Natalie Fertig contributed to this report.