Shapiro defeated Mastrian for governor of Pennsylvania
Josh Shapiro, a Democrat and Pennsylvania attorney general, won the state’s governor’s race early Wednesday morning, The Associated Press reports. He defeated Doug Mastrian, a Republican who was central to efforts to overturn the 2020 Pennsylvania election results.
Mr. Shapiro has positioned himself as a relatively moderate Democrat focused on the economy, education, public safety, abortion rights and protecting democracy. At every turn he tried to portray Mr Mastrian as an extremist who threatened the fabric of the Commonwealth with views that were far outside the political mainstream. The current governor, Tom Wolf, is a term-limited Democrat.
Mr. Mastriano is an election denier who funded buses for supporters at a Jan. 6, 2021, rally that preceded the attack on the Capitol, and promised to introduce sweeping new voting restrictions.
After the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, returning abortion policy to the states, Mr. Mastriana’s abortion in almost all circumstances became the main issue of the campaign. Asked if he believed in exceptions for rape, incest or the life of a pregnant woman, he replied at a debate earlier this year: “I don’t allow exceptions.”
Some Republicans have openly broken with Mr. Mastrian, and the Republican Governors Association has never spent money to support him.
Mr. Shapiro exceptionally exceeded and spent Mr. Mastriano, dominates the airwaves with tens of millions of dollars. While it is unusual for voters and organizations to support candidates from opposing parties, Mr. Shapiro also won number of groups which endorsed Dr. Mehmet Oz, a Republican candidate for the Senate.
He also attacked Mr. Shapiro, an observant Jew, for visiting and sending his children to what he called “privileged, exclusive, elite” school — it’s a Jewish day school — saying that it was shown Mr. Shapiro’s “contempt for people like us”.
Under pressure, Mr. Mastriano said rejected “anti-Semitism in any form”. But a campaign finance report in late September showed that accepted a $500 donation from Gaba’s founder, Andrew Torba in July.
“If you don’t look like him, if you don’t vote like him, if you don’t worship like him, if you don’t marry like him, you don’t count in his Pennsylvania,” Mr. Shapiro said of his opponent at a campaign rally Saturday.
Mr. Shapiro is now poised to have a major national platform in an important presidential state. Asked in an interview this fall if he aspired to be the first Jewish president, he insisted, “No!”
“God willing, I will have the opportunity to serve as governor,” he said. “That’s all I’m focused on.”
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