Shapiro wins uncontested Democratic governor primary

By: - May 17, 2022 8:58 pm

Two-term Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro locked up the Democratic nomination for governor on Tuesday night, saying he’s ready to run “no matter which dangerous extremist we’re against this November.”

Shapiro, 48, of Montgomery County, did not face an opponent in Tuesday’s intra-party contest, with unofficial tallies showing him taking 100 percent of the Democratic vote.

The tightly contested race for the Republican nomination remained unresolved shortly before 9 p.m. on Tuesday night.

In campaign advertisements, Shapiro had attacked the leading GOP hopeful, state Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Franklin, tying him to former President Donald Trump. Observers saw this as an attempt by Shapiro to choose his general election opponent. Establishment Republicans, meanwhile, mounted an 11th-hour attempt to derail Mastriano’s chances, with two lagging candidates dropping out of the race, and throwing their support to former U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta of Hazleton.

Shapiro announced Tuesday that he had contracted COVID-19. He voted by emergency absentee ballot.

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John L. Micek
John L. Micek

A 3-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. An award-winning political reporter, Micek’s career has taken him from small town meetings and Chicago City Hall to Congress and the Pennsylvania Capitol. His weekly column on U.S. politics is syndicated to 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. He also contributes commentary and analysis to broadcast outlets in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Micek’s first novel, “Ordinary Angels,” was released in 2019 by Sunbury Press.

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