"It is up to Josh Shapiro to save America"
That’s what Lawrence O’Donnell said the other night.
This past Tuesday, in an uncontested race (the first uncontested race by a non-incumbent since 1930) Pennsylvania’s Attorney General Josh Shapiro became our Democratic candidate for governor.
Josh is a mild mannered, center left, Conservative J e w. His opponent in November’s election will be Doug Mastriano, a Christian Nationalist, QAnon believing 2020 Election denier, who promises to reclaim Pennsylvania for the Kingdom of God…and Donald Trump.
It should be an easy race for Josh to win. He’s already won statewide twice, but I hope that he doesn’t feel overconfident. I hope he fights for it. I hope he fights for Pennsylvania.
The other big general election contest will be between John Fetterman and…well, we still don’t know who. As of this morning with 99% of the vote counted, Mehmet Oz is winning over Dave McCormick by roughly 1,100 votes.
Will John Fetterman flip that Senate seat for Pennsylvania? For our country? I think he has a very good shot at doing it. I still haven’t forgiven Pennsylvanians for electing Rick Santorum over Harris Wofford in 1994.
I know that every state’s elections are important, but as a Pennsylvanian, I can’t help but feel extra excited (and scared) for our upcoming midterm election this November.
I am more confident than not that both Shapiro and Fetterman will win in November.
For one thing, I know that there are moderate Republicans (like my mother…though I keep trying to tell that she’s really a Democrat) who chose not to vote in the primary because they hate how radically crazy and Trumpy all the candidates were and who plan on voting a straight Democratic ticket in November.
So, I wonder. Will Josh Shapiro’s established past successes help Fetterman get elected? Or will Fetterman’s Democratic populism that transcends political parties and rural vs urban counties help Shapiro get elected?
Also, will more people be voting for Shapiro and Fetterman? Or against Mastriano and whoever becomes the Republicans’ candidate for Senate?