PA: Governor hopeful drops out, backs rival as primary nears

Source: US News & World Report

“A Republican candidate for Pennsylvania governor said Thursday that he was ending his campaign and endorsing rival Lou Barletta, a move that comes as GOP leaders warn that leading candidate Doug Mastriano is too far right to win in a general election. Jake Corman, Pennsylvania’s ranking state senator, announced his endorsement of Barletta at a news conference just days before the state’s Tuesday primary and amid hand-wringing by establishment Republicans that a Mastriano victory would doom their chances of flipping the governor’s mansion in November in the battleground state. … Mastriano has shown strength in recent polls, while being a prominent peddler of conspiracy theories, including former President Donald Trump’s false [sic] claims that widespread fraud marred the 2020 election and resulted in his loss in Pennsylvania.” (05/12/22)

https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2022-05-12/pa-governor-hopeful-drops-out-backs-rival-as-primary-nears