An endorsement from former President Donald Trump, which came on Saturday morning, just days before the primary, seems to have paid off. State Sen. Doug Mastriano has been declared the Republican nominee for governor in a crowded primary of eight Republican candidates total.
DDHQ Race Update (est. 57% in): PA Governor GOP— Decision Desk HQ (@DecisionDeskHQ) May 18, 2022
Doug Mastriano* 293,046 (43%)
Lou Barletta 151,709 (22%)
Bill McSwain 103,520 (15%)
*Race called for Mastriano
More results here: https://t.co/4prVQOLzzB
The GOP tweeted congratulations with regards to Mastriano and noted the party is "unified" behind him "to win in November."
Michelle Boorstein claimed for The Washington Post that "Christian nationalism is shaping a Pa. primary — and a GOP shift," when writing about Mastriano on Monday.
Some fear that that Mastriano on the ticket could also cost Pennsylvania Republicans the state legislatures, as I also highlighted in my weekend coverage of Trump's endorsement.
Mastriano will face Josh Shaprio, Pennsylvania's current attorney general, in the November general election. Shapiro ran unopposed. Tom Wolf, the current governor, is term-limited.
The race has been considered "Tilt Democratic" by Inside Elections, while Cook Political Report and Sabato's Crystal Ball regard it as a "Toss-up."