Erie, Pennsylvania — Republican voters in Pennsylvania are one of the most fiercely contested political battlefields in the United States, capturing grassroots wrath, countering the party’s old guards, and stealing Donald Trump. Amplifies the myth of the election.
Less than a week before Tuesday’s primaries, polls show that Senator Dagmas Triano, one of the state’s key figures in the efforts of the former president to overturn the 2020 elections, reveals the GOP race. It has emerged as the most promising candidate. For the governor. Senate candidate Kathy Burnett is a conservative, underfunded commentator who has never held public office and is dominated by two big-money rivals, Dr. Mahomet Oz and David McCormick. It surged surprisingly late in the contest.
Mr. Mastriano made the allegations of fraud the central plan of his bid to lead a potentially decisive state in the 2024 presidential election. Mr. Burnett has a history of incendiary remarks as follows. repetition Calling former President Barack Obama a follower of Islam, she said she should ban it. “Improvement of homosexual status”. Both candidates approve each other and form an important alliance.
Currently, Republicans are concerned that if major voters accept such non-mainstream candidates, they will lose both races in November.
Several Republican rivals to Mastriano have recently gathered at a last-minute conference call to thwart him. Mr. Mastriano has not yet continued a serious coordinated attack, but everyone agrees that he will be a drag on the party. Two rivals, Senator Jake Corman and former House of Representatives Lou Barletta, will hold a joint event on Thursday, suggesting that the field could be at least slightly integrated.
Democrats are afraid of themselves: Nevertheless, the desolate 2022 political environment could rush to Republican power, which may seem unselectable in less hostile climates. I have.
“Like many Democrats, I’m schizophrenia about this — I’m rooting for crazy people because it gives us the best chance to win. But at the same time, it’s crazy for us. It could give a senator and / or a crazy governor, “said Mike Mix, a Pennsylvania-based democratic strategist.
Pennsylvania has been one of the country’s typical swing states for years, and the clearest path to power has passed between the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. This year’s vacancy is due to Republican Senator Pat Toomey retiring and Democratic Governor Tom Wolfe for a limited term.
“Pennsylvania isn’t very good at that extreme on either side,” said Mastriano, who was one of the state’s main supporters of Trump in 2016, but now in 2022. Former Pennsylvania Republican Chairman Rob Gleason is worried, said. Whatever you say, it’s a kind of intermediate type of state. “
In Pennsylvania, the Governor appoints the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State is in a position to oversee state elections. This means that anyone who has won the governor will oversee the management of the most coveted swing state in the 2024 presidential election.
For months, the Senate race has been primarily seen as a heavyweight match between television personality Dr. Oz and former CEO of the world’s largest hedge fund, McCormick. Together, they and their allies spend about $ 40 million on television advertising.
Burnett, who ran for house in the suburbs of Philadelphia in 2020 and lost nearly 20 percent, until recently had been racing somewhere between retrofitting and asterisks. But a Fox News poll on Tuesday showed that the race was virtually a tripartite tie.
To date, Burnett’s growth has been almost entirely organic, supported by her keen debate performance, conservative media appearances, and compelling life stories, and she wrote in her book: I am saying. .. “
The “by-product of rape” she describes herself is that when her mother was 11 years old, she grew up in a “pig farm” in Alabama without running water, and her success is like the story of an American dream. It talks about how it represents something. It is currently in danger.
In the final week, Ms. Burnett received some important institutional support. Susan B. Anthony List of Anti-Abortion Group Approved on Tuesday $ 2 Million TV Advertising Blitz Funded by Club for GrowthBroadcasting messages from her bootstrap throughout the state.
Club for Growth, one of the biggest spenders in Republican politics, recently joined Trump after posting an ad attacking Ohio’s Republican senator candidate JD Vance and after Trump approved him. I had a feud. Mr. Vance won the primary, and Mr. Trump endorsed Dr. Oz of Pennsylvania.
In a sense, Mr. Burnett’s candidacy is a test of whether the movement that elected Mr. Trump has lived his own life. “MAGA does not belong to President Trump,” Burnett said in a debate in April.
Both Dr. Oz and Mr. McCormick begged for Mr. Trump’s supporters, but it was a nasty fit. Dr. Oz was booed on a trample rally, McCormick was rejected by Mr. Trump, and recently faced a carpetbagger problem while not living full-time.
Burnett offered himself as a genuine, unfiltered version of what the Republican base wanted. “Now you don’t have to listen and vote for the smaller of the two evils,” she said in another debate.
She also revealed that if she participated in the fall campaign, there would be no pivot to the middle.
In an interview Wednesday night at the Candidates Forum in Eastern Pennsylvania, she said, “There was a long tradition of wanting the general public to be as moderate as Republicans come out of Primary.” Said. “How did it work for them by doing this? It didn’t work very well.”
In the Governor’s election, Democratic candidate Attorney General Josh Shapiro launched a television ad last week featuring a narrator promoting Mr. Mastriano’s conservative credentials. Mr. Trump has not approved the contest.
On Tuesday, Mastriano campaigned in Erie, PA, with Jenna Ellis, a former co-adviser of the Trump campaign’s efforts to overturn the 2020 elections.
“Doug Mastriano is Donald Trump of Pennsylvania,” Ellis said.
Mastriano was a key figure in Trump’s efforts to overturn the results in Pennsylvania, and he lost 81,000 votes. As a freshman state senator, he held a hearing featuring Ellis and Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani in November 2020, and shortly after visiting the White House to stay in close contact with the Trump team.
he I posted an event on Facebook Offering a bus ride to Washington on January 6, 2021, his campaign reported Use a charter bus for at least $ 3,000.. But he claimed he had left before the protests intensified. In Erie, Mastriano, who did not respond to requests for comment, defended the rally.
“It’s as if God had mercy on your soul if you dared to exercise the First Amendment’s freedom to go to Washington, DC on January 6,” said Mastriano. “You didn’t do anything wrong.”
Among those who are quietly fighting to unite Republicans on behalf of Mastriano is Andy Riley, one of the three Republican National Committee members in Pennsylvania. Riley, who wasn’t approved in the race, said the ads for the Shapiro campaign “caused concern” and caused controversy.
“The fact that the Democrats have ads in favor of Mastriano shows that he believes he is the weakest candidate,” he ran for governor and voted in the low single digits. Charlie Gerow, a longtime Republican operative in Pennsylvania, said.
Barletta, who was interviewed while confused at Erie’s bakery, was a former congressman who defeated the Democratic incumbent in 2010 and called himself Mastriano’s strongest option.
“It was me and Doug Mastriano,” Barletta said at the top of all polls. “Now people have to make decisions, and many of those undecided people need to see who they think has a better chance of defeating Josh Shapiro.”
According to media tracking firm Ad Impact, Bill Maxwayne, a US lawyer in eastern Pennsylvania during the Trump administration, has appeared on television as much as he did in other areas. But he is also the only candidate for the race to be attacked by Mr. Trump.
“Don’t vote for Bill Maxwayne, the coward who disappointed our country,” Max said last month for not imposing enough false claims on Mr. Trump’s fraudulent elections in Pennsylvania. He said in a statement attacking Mr Wayne.
Former party chairman Gleason is in favor of Maxwayne anyway, fearing that Mastriano will lose the general election. “He would be toxic,” he said.
Senator Brendan Boyle, a Democrat in Pennsylvania, said he was approached on the house floor this week by colleagues in other states who are excited about the Republican Party’s ability to choose two such far-right candidates. .. But he said he still remembers 2010, when the seemingly unselectable Tea Party Republicans won, and 2016, when Mr. Trump was president of Pennsylvania.
“I’m happy that the Republicans seem to be trying to blow both of these races,” Boyle said. But he added, “Behold, the two Republican militants are very nervous about being elected governor and senator.”
Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon’s podcast this week dismissed Republican concerns that he would be “too MAGA” to win in November.
“Do these people have crystal balls?” She asked. “Are they the incarnations of Jesus? How do they know?”
Tracy Tally Contributed to a report from New Town, Pennsylvania.