Pennsylvanians headed to the polls last Tuesday to select candidates for this fall’s general election for governor and state and federal offices. With nearly 2.5 million voters casting ballots, turnout was the highest in decades for a primary. Current state Attorney General Josh Shapiro will, as expected, be the Democratic nominee for governor. His opponent will be state Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Franklin, who won the Republican nomination with 44 percent of the vote, more than 300,000 votes ahead of second-place finisher Lou Barletta, who garnered 20 percent of the vote.
Joining the ticket with Mastriano will be state representative Carrie DelRosso, who prevailed in a nine candidate field to become the GOP’s nominee for lieutenant governor. DelRosso won the nomination with more than 25 percent of the vote, coming in nearly ten points ahead of the second place finisher, former state representative Rick Saccone. DelRosso came to Harrisburg after ousting longtime Democrat House Minority Leader Frank Dermody from his suburban Pittsburgh district in 2020.
On the Democratic side, Josh Shapiro will be joined on the campaign trail by state representative Austin Davis of Allegheny County. On the strength of Shapiro’s endorsement, Davis took home 63 percent of the vote, nearly forty points ahead of fellow state representative Brian Sims of Philadelphia.