“Honestly, I feel this is Mastriano’s campaign to lose.”
Democrats have been playing with political fire, and now it may come back to burn them.
They raised the profile of certain ‘MAGA Republicans’ because they thought those would be the easiest candidates to beat. One of those candidates was Republican Pennsylvania governor candidate Doug Mastriano.
Now Democrats are coming to terms with the reality that Mastriano could win. Talk about a backfire.
Holly Otterbein reports at Politico:
Democrats boosted a MAGA longshot in the Pa. gov’s race. Now he’s got a real shot at winning.
Jackie Kulback was just one of the Pennsylvania GOP leaders who was worried in May when Doug Mastriano clinched the Republican primary for governor.
Mastriano was a MAGA state senator who worked to overturn the 2020 presidential election and Kulback thought he would struggle to win the critical battleground state in the fall. But she’s feeling differently these days.
“The higher the gas prices go, the more electable Mastriano is,” said the chair of the Cambria County Republican Party. “Honestly, I feel this is Mastriano’s campaign to lose.”…
But as the political environment has worsened for Democrats across the country, the gubernatorial race in Pennsylvania has begun to look more competitive than either party expected. Polls show Mastriano behind Shapiro by only three to four percentage points, which is within the margin of error. Though many still have doubts about Mastriano’s ability to run a successful campaign, that has made Pennsylvania Republicans more optimistic — and served as a wake-up call for Democrats, particularly in the wake of Roe v. Wade being overturned.
Here’s a question. If MAGA Republicans are such a threat to our democracy, as Democrats have insisted, why are they boosting these candidates?
Is it possible that Democrats were lying, and this is all really just about politics? It sure looks that way.
Ben Zeisloft of the Daily Wire notes that the Democrat candidate Josh Shapiro is starting to sound a little panicked:
Despite working to select Mastriano as his opponent, Shapiro has been highly critical of his rival.
“I am someone who has stood up for law enforcement. I am someone who has stood up for the rule of law, and he has been the exact opposite. He is dangerous,” Shapiro told KDKA. “He is destructive, and I would argue just for the fact that he was there on January 6 and sided with the insurrectionists over law enforcement, he is unfit to be the governor of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”
Pennsylvania is poised to be among the most closely watched states in the midterm elections.
Won’t it be fun if Mastriano pulls this off?
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