Josh Shapiro beats Doug Mastriano

Josh Shapiro has won the Pennsylvania gubernatorial race, defeating Republican Doug Mastriano, leaving the Swing state office in Democratic hands, NBC News predicted.

Shapiro led Mastriano by about 11 points with about 64% of the vote. According to NBC.

He will replace Democratic Governor Tom Wolfe, who has reached the federal limit of four years in office for two consecutive terms.

Shapiro won after enjoying a significant financial and polling advantage throughout the race. Democrats have raised and spent about $44 million for his campaign. That’s more than 10 times more than Mastriano’s, who spent less than $4 million.

Shapiro consistently led the polls leading up to Election Day. He had more than 10% of his lead over Mastriano. Average of a poll compiled by FiveThirtyEight.

(C) Attorney General Josh Shapiro, the Democratic candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania, with his supporters after a joint rally with the Democratic candidate for Senator John Fetterman on October 15, 2022, in Norris Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. posing.

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Shapiro, a Democrat, has been Pennsylvania’s Attorney General since 2017 and was previously a state legislator. He has run on issues such as protecting access to abortion, defeating false allegations of fraud in the 2020 election, and reforming the criminal justice system to address inherent bias.

A Republican, Mastriano is a retired U.S. Army Colonel and state senator for the 33rd District of Pennsylvania. Backed by former President Donald Trump, Mastriano has campaigned to combat violent crime, strengthen borders, implement anti-abortion policies, and address false allegations of Trump’s election fraud.

he was on the grounds of the capitol During the January 6, 2021 riots.

Mastriano amplified Trump’s false claim that the 2020 presidential election was stolen and made repeal of Pennsylvania Law 77 a central part of his campaign promises. Act 77 is a ballot law that allows mail-in ballots without excuses in Pennsylvania. Since the presidential election, the Commonwealth has been a central battleground for allegations of election fraud.

Mastriano’s priorities, as listed in his campaign, focused on many of the cultural issues that Republicans sought to capitalize on to boost voter turnout this year.he said he wanted to reverse COVIDadded that he planned to fight “medical tyranny” and immediately end all vaccine requirements and mask mandates when he took office. , which protected Second Amendment rights, banned the teaching of critical race theory, and promoted plans to keep trans women out of women’s locker rooms and sports.

Meanwhile, Shapiro assured his supporters that as governor he would veto any restrictions on mail-in ballots and appoint a like-minded secretary of state to confirm that protection. Shapiro also said it would create automated same-day voter registration for Pennsylvanians. Josh Shapiro beats Doug Mastriano

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