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    Pennsylvania GOP Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz speaks at a rally sponsored by Donald Trump at the Westmoreland County Fairgrounds on May 6, 2022 in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania GOP primaries have already proven to be just about as “train wreck-y” as it gets, but they ain’t over yet. Not only has MAGA radical state Sen. Doug Mastriano won the Republican gubernatorial primary, but the GOP Senate primary is likely headed for a recount, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Trump-endorsed TV huckster Mehmet Oz and hedge fund CEO David McCormick are deadlocked at some 31% of the vote. It's a recount that promises to get very sticky on so many levels. After both candidates embraced Trump's 2020 lie that the election was stolen from him, they will now be bogged down in days if not weeks of waiting as the very mail-in ballots Republicans pilloried as fraudulent are tallied and maybe even retallied to determine the winner. But that’s not all. The New York Times reports that McCormick recently hired GOP consultant Mike Roman, who specializes in election challenges and helped Trump push a series of unfounded fraud...
    Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano greets supporters as Jenna Ellis, the former legal adviser to Donald Trump who helped mainstream 2020 election lies, joins him at his election night party at The Orchards on May 17, 2022 in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Republicans have been very sure of themselves this cycle: Democrats control the White House; President Joe Biden's approvals are in Trump territory; and inflation, they said, would dominate all else. Then came a draft Supreme Court decision upending 50 years of guaranteed rights to reproductive health care, and the victory of a truly right-wing MAGA gubernatorial candidate in the powder blue swing state of Pennsylvania. Senate Republicans, desperate to hold on to the state's open Senate seat, are freaking out, afraid the extremist beliefs of state Sen. Doug Mastriano will drag down their yet-to-be-determined nominee like a lead weight.   But inside the Keystone State, things are even more dire, according to multiple reports from The New York Times, MSNBC, and The Washington Post. The Daily Kos Elections Team talks with Joe Sudbay about the big primaries and all of the redistricting...
    Donald Trump’s endorsement win-loss record in Tuesday’s primaries was not the best, something he’s doubtless fuming about while looking for ways to pretend it was unblemished. But Trump’s lies about the 2020 election have taken over the Republican Party, so in many races his endorsed candidates’ chief competitors also embrace the claim that the election was stolen. The Big Lie can win when Trump’s personal choice loses. In Pennsylvania, Trump’s pick for governor did prevail in the Republican primary. State Sen. Doug Mastriano won that primary easily. Mastriano has admitted he was in the area of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, but insisted that he obeyed police and didn’t cross any lines. Video footage says that's a lie, showing Mastriano walking past police barricades that other members of the mob are actively shoving out of the way. Mastriano has also campaigned on decertifying the 2020 election, pushed for an Arizona-style audit of Pennsylvania’s ballots, and spread lies like the claim that there were more votes counted in the state in 2020 than there are registered voters.  RELATED STORY: Trump’s Big Lie rules...
    Trump has made a significant mark on this year's Republican primaries by endorsing dozens of candidates for state and local office Donald Trump is celebrating a 'big night' for the candidates he backed in Tuesday's primary elections - while seemingly ignoring the fact that one of his closest allies in Congress, Rep. Madison Cawthorn, was handed a devastating loss. In a Wednesday morning Truth Social post, the former president lauded Pennsylvania Republican primary candidates Dr. Mehmet Oz and Doug Mastriano, while also congratulating North Carolina's Rep. Ted Budd for winning his Senate primary race. However, no word on the 26-year-old firebrand Republican who Trump had endorsed twice, including imploring voters on Monday to give Cawthorn a 'second chance' despite the litany of scandals he's faced in recent weeks. 'A big night for Trump Endorsed candidates last night. Dr Oz looks to have own despite the fact that my endorsement was put out after many mail-in ballots had already been sent,' Trump wrote on his social media platform. 'It's called a come from behind victory. Looks to be, over last few...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The race for Pennsylvania governor is now set. Democrat Josh Shapiro will square off against Republican Doug Mastriano in the general election in November. The winner will succeed Gov. Tom Wolf in the battleground state. READ MORE: Pennsylvania US Senate Race Between Republicans Mehmet Oz, Dave McCormick Too Close To CallIn a landslide victory, Doug Mastriano is the Republican’s choice for governor.   As of Wednesday morning, Mastriano won the state’s Republican primary for governor with 44% of the vote, beating his opponents Lou Barletta and Bill McSwain.   Mastriano, a state senator, had been leading the polls when he scored a last-minute endorsement over the weekend from former president Donald Trump. The retired Army colonel and two-term senator has been very vocal in Trump’s efforts to overturn the state’s results in the 2020 election. He also funded buses to shuttle supporters to the rally on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6, 2021.   After months of campaigning, Mastriano thanked his constituents for sticking it out on Tuesday night. READ MORE: John Fetterman Wins Democratic Pennsylvania Primary For Senate, AP...
    The Pennsylania Republican Senate primary stretched into the early hours of Wednesday with no clear winner in sight, with candidates Dave McCormick and Dr. Mehmet Oz neck-and-neck.  Early returns showed McCormick - the conservative candidate shunned by Trump - taking an early lead over Oz, who the ex-president endosed in April.  Commentator Kathy Barnette, who got a bump in the polls as election day neared, remained in third place all Tuesday night.  As the night wore on, Oz got within striking distance of McCormick, overtaking his count after midnight.  'We're not going to have resolution tonight. But we can see the path ahead, we can see victory ahead, and it's all because of you,' McCormick told a crowd in Pittsburgh around 11:30 p.m.   Oz came onstage in Newtown, Pennsylvania about 15 minutes later and made the same promise.  'We are not going to have a result tonight. When all the votes are tallied I am confident we will win,' Oz said. 'We are making a ferocious charge, but when it's this close, what do you expect? Everything about this campaign...
    By WILL WEISSERT, MARC LEVY and GARY D. ROBERTSON HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Doug Mastriano, a state senator who secured a late endorsement from Donald Trump and has trumpeted the former president’s lies about nonexistent, widespread voter fraud costing him the 2020 election, won the Republican nomination for Pennsylvania’s open governor’s office on Tuesday. The state’s closely watched GOP Senate primary was essentially a tie between the Trump-backed Mehmet Oz and David McCormick. Mastriano’s victory boosts Trump’s winning record in major Republican primaries. But it could move the governor’s office out of the GOP’s reach if Mastriano, who was outside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, when a mob overran it in a deadly insurrection, fails to win over the moderate voters who often swing Pennsylvania’s elections. If he were to win in the fall, he would shape how elections are conducted in one of the top battlegrounds in American politics. Pennsylvania governors appoint the secretary of state, who oversees how elections are run. Speaking to his supporters, Mastriano rejected the notion that he is tied to extremism. “They...
    State Sen. Doug Mastriano attends a primary night election gathering in Chambersburg, Pa.Carolyn Kaster/AP Facts matter: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter. Support our nonprofit reporting. Subscribe to our print magazine.Doug Mastriano, a far-right supporter of former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the presidential election, has won the Republican primary for Pennsylvania Governor, moving the country a step closer to what could be a potential nightmare scenario in 2024. To ascend to the governor’s seat, Mastriano still has to win what’s expected to be a fierce general election battle against Democratic nominee Josh Shapiro, the state’s attorney general. But Mastriano’s victory over a pack of Pennsylvania Republicans dramatically raises the stakes of the November contest. The Pennsylvania governor appoints the secretary of state, the official responsible for certifying presidential election results in the state. As Greg Sargent argued in the Washington Post, Mastriano could appoint a secretary of state who, amid baseless allegations of election fraud, certifies a losing GOP candidate as the victor of Pennsylvania. This certification would then be sent to Mastriano, who could forward it...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Douglas Mastriano wins Republican nomination for governor in Pennsylvania primary election. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images Pennsylvania state Sen. Doug Mastriano wins the Republican nomination in the Pennsylvania gubernatorial race on Tuesday, multiple outlets are projecting. Mastriano defeated former Rep. Lou Barletta, former U.S. Attorney Bill McSwain and other candidates. He will face Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who won the Democratic nomination unopposed. Mastriano has come under fire for being at the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 attack. He supported efforts to overturn the 2020 election in Pennsylvania, which President Joe Biden won. He has been subpoenaed by the House of Representatives committee investigating Jan. 6. Former President Donald Trump endorsed Mastriano on Saturday. In a statement, he said, There is no one in Pennsylvania who has done more, or fought harder, for Election Integrity than State Senator Doug Mastriano. He has revealed the Deceit, Corruption, and outright Theft of the 2020 Presidential Election, and will do something about it. He will also Fight Violent Crime, Strengthen our Borders, Protect Life, Defend our under-siege Second Amendment, and Help our Military and our Vets. He is a fighter like few others,...
    York, Pennsylvania (CNN)Before the stroke that knocked him off the campaign trail, Senate candidate John Fetterman tossed out a question that defines the Democratic Party's 2022 zeitgeist to a crowd packed, pre-pandemic style, into a rowdy bar."Do we have any Joe Manchin Democrats in the room?" Fetterman, the Pennsylvania lieutenant governor, said, referring to the moderate West Virginian serving in the 50-50 Senate who has strangled liberal dreams in the first 16 months of President Joe Biden's term."No? That keeps the streak alive," said Fetterman, a hulking, hoody-and-shorts-wearing Democratic rising star, drawing gallows laughs from activists irked at their party's struggles to pass a sweeping social reform agenda and who fear the return of Donald Trump-style extremism.Fetterman was campaigning ahead of Tuesday's Pennsylvania primaries in gritty York, where America's founders celebrated the first Thanksgiving. The city nestles in the vast rural heartland between liberal Philadelphia and Pittsburgh known by the nickname Pennsyltucky for its staunch conservative leanings. It's a deep red fiefdom where, in Biden's words, his twice-impeached predecessor really is the "the MAGA king." Republicans in both the Senate...
    New York (CNN)The GOP Senate primary in Pennsylvania reveals a lot about the state of the Republican Party — and how it uses the media. The seven candidates for the US Senate in the state have conducted at least 19 interviews across Fox and Newsmax so far this month, CNN's chief media correspondent Brian Stelter said on "Reliable Sources" Sunday. And Mehmet Oz, more popularly known as Dr. Oz, has Fox's Sean Hannity serving as his "shadow campaign manager," Stelter added.But there is a divide among Fox hosts. Laura Ingraham has been promoting late surging candidate Kathy Barnette, who was recently caught on tape likening members of the GOP establishment who have been critical of her campaign to "swamp creatures."News of this soundbite only emerged because a reporter at a Saturday rally in Bucks County shared an audio recording from the event with CNN. Most members of the press were soon forced to leave the rally however, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Sunday. CNN, CBS, NBC and other major news outlets were barred from attending what was billed as a public...
    A prominent longtime supporter of former President Donald Trump is blasting him for treating loyalty as a one-way street. In a scorching rant following Trump’s endorsement of Doug Mastriano in the Pennsylvania governor’s race, former Pennsylvania congressman Tom Marino buried the ex-president for backing Mastriano rather than former Rep. Lou Barletta — who was one of his earliest supporters in Congress. Back in 2016, the Washington Post cited both Marino and Barletta as two of the people Trump trusted most in Congress, and noted the importance of their support in Trump’s securing the GOP nomination at a time when very few elected officials were supporting his candidacy. “Trump insiders say both men’s endorsements were crucial in helping Trump win Pennsylvania in April,” the Post’s Amber Phillips wrote. “That night, you’ll recall, was Trump’s five-state sweep in the Northeastern primary and seemingly the beginning of the end of the Republican nominating contests.” But their reward for that in 2022 is nothing, and Marino isn’t happy about it. In video posted by Maggie Haberman of The New York Times from a...
    Republicans across Pennsylvania are questioning former President Trump’s last-minute endorsement of State Sen. Doug Mastriano (R) in the gubernatorial race. Many have continued lining up behind former Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA), who has previously unseated Democrats in local and congressional races. On Saturday, Trump announced his endorsement of Mastriano, whom statewide Republican Party leaders worry will be a tough sell in a general election against Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, the presumptive Democrat nominee. While endorsing Barletta on Saturday, former Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) said “all indications” state that the former Hazelton mayor is best positioned to beat Shapiro in a general election and assailed Trump’s endorsement of Mastriano. “I was extremely disappointed when Mr. Trump came out and endorsed Mr. Mastriano,” Marino said. “… Where in the hell is the loyalty? Lou and I were the first congressmen to come out and endorse Trump in his first election. We took a lot of heat about it.” He went on: My leadership, our leadership, told us when they heard we did this, that our political careers were over … we did...
    Former Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA), running in Pennsylvania’s GOP gubernatorial primary, is calling on his fellow Republican candidates to drop out of the race and endorse him against State Sen. Doug Mastriano. In an exclusive interview with SiriusXM Patriot’s Breitbart News Saturday, Barletta called on Republicans Dave White and Bill McSwain to drop out of the GOP gubernatorial primary and endorse his candidacy so the party can unite around one candidate against Mastriano, whom former President Trump endorsed on Saturday. LISTEN: Breitbart · Lou Barletta – May 14, 2022 “Everyone here in Pennsylvania knows that, that I’m the one here that can beat Josh Shapiro and that’s the goal, it’s not to win this primary,” Barletta said. “I really hope that Dave White and Bill McSwain would see that as well that I’m the one person, I’ve been at the top of every poll with Doug Mastriano since the day I announced.” “And they have spent over $20-something million on their campaigns and haven’t gotten above me once,” he continued. “So we’re down to the final days and we...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Donald Trump on Saturday endorsed Doug Mastriano in Pennsylvania’s Republican primary for governor, siding with a far-right candidate who was outside the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection and has worked doggedly to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. Mastriano was already leading a crowded field of contenders despite running against the party establishment, and the former president’s endorsement puts him on even stronger footing heading into Tuesday’s primary. READ MORE: Jay Wright Encourages Villanova University Graduates To Create Their 'Own Basic Core Values' During Next ChapterBut there are growing fears from party leaders that Mastriano, a state senator and retired U.S. Army colonel, is too extreme to beat Democrat Josh Shapiro in November’s general election and could drag down other Republicans competing in the pivotal state. That includes a highly competitive U.S. Senate primary contest in which Trump is trying to lift his endorsed candidate, heart surgeon-turned-TV celebrity Mehmet Oz, to victory — against a rival with whom Mastriano is campaigning, setting up what could become an awkward situation. Mastriano got on Trump’s radar...
    Far right candidate for Pennsylvania Governor Doug Mastriano speaks to supporters in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on Friday. Aimee Dilger/ZUMA Facts matter: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter. Support our nonprofit reporting. Subscribe to our print magazine.Donald Trump is hedging his bets. His candidate in the Pennsylvania race for US Senate, celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz, looks like he might lose to a political nobody in Tuesday’s primary. So, on Saturday, Trump endorsed State Sen. Doug Mastriano, the far-right front runner in the Pennsylvania gubernatorial primary. The move seems to be a way for Trump to save face and pretend his endorsement is more powerful than it really is. Last month, Trump surprised many of his supporters when he put his weight behind Oz, who is not really anybody’s idea of a MAGA warrior. Since then, “ultra-MAGA” candidate Kathy Barnette has surged in the polls and has now joined another candidate, David McCormick, within the margin of error behind Oz, according to a recent Fox News poll. Barnette’s hard-right rhetoric and story of overcoming the adversity she faced as a Black...
    PITTSBURGH — Former President Donald Trump endorsed state Sen. Doug Mastriano in Pennsylvania’s crowded Republican gubernatorial field Saturday, a blow to efforts by some Republicans in the state who recently attempted to consolidate the field around a candidate they believe would fare better in a general election in November. Mastriano, who is the front-runner in the field just days before Tuesday’s primary, has faced criticism from some Republicans who feel his hard-right platform may help him win the Republican primary by a plurality but then go on to lose the November general election in the purple state. “There is no one in Pennsylvania who has done more, or fought harder, for Election Integrity than State Senator Doug Mastriano,” Trump said. “He has revealed the Deceit, Corruption, and outright Theft of the 2020 Presidential Election, and will do something about it. ... He is a fighter like few others, and has been with me right from the beginning, and now I have an obligation to be with him.” TRUMP TALKS UP OZ AS BARNETTE CLIMBS IN PENNSYLVANIA SENATE...
    (CNN)The message was blunt to Pennsylvania Republicans in the closing days before the May 17 primary: Don't pick someone who can't win.As he announced he was dropping out of the GOP gubernatorial race and throwing his support behind former US Rep. Lou Barletta, state Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman called the open governor seat "an opportunity.""The only way we will not be successful in the fall is if we nominate someone who can't possibly win," he said. Barnettes quick rise has Republicans reeling over potential upset and what it could mean for NovemberThat comment was directed at the presumed front-runner for the Republican nomination, state Sen. Doug Mastriano. The clearest sign of Mastriano's presumed dominance in the primary came Saturday when he earned a last-minute endorsement from former President Donald Trump. Mastriano has been one of the leading peddlers in Pennsylvania of Trump's lies about the 2020 election."He has revealed the Deceit, Corruption, and outright Theft of the 2020 Presidential Election, and will do something about it," Trump said in a statement Saturday, adding that Mastriano "is a fighter...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Donald Trump on Saturday endorsed Doug Mastriano in Pennsylvania’s Republican primary for governor, siding with a far-right candidate who was outside the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection and has worked with determination to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. Mastriano was already leading a crowded field of contenders, and the former president’s endorsement puts him on even stronger footing heading into Tuesday’s primary. But there are growing fears from party leaders that Mastriano, a state senator and retired U.S. Army colonel, is too extreme to win the general election in November and could drag down other Republicans competing in the pivotal state where a U.S. Senate seat is also up for grabs. Mastriano has, for example, helped spread unsubstantiated claims from Trump and his allies that Democrats fraudulently stole the election for Joe Biden — something that Trump seized on in his endorsement statement. “There is no one in Pennsylvania who has done more, or fought harder, for Election Integrity than State Senator Doug Mastriano,” Trump wrote. “He has revealed...
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