Josh Shapiro, a Democrat and Pennsylvania’s attorney general, won the governor’s race in the state early Wednesday, according to The Associated Press. He defeated Doug Mastriano, a Republican who was central to efforts to overturn Pennsylvania’s 2020 election results.
Mr. Shapiro positioned himself as a relatively moderate Democrat focused on the economy, education, public safety, abortion rights and democracy protections. At every turn, he moved to portray Mr. Mastriano as an extremist who threatened the fabric of the commonwealth with views that fell well outside the political mainstream. The current governor, Tom Wolf, is a Democrat who has reached his term limit.
Mr. Mastriano is an election denier who funded buses to shuttle supporters to the rally on Jan. 6, 2021, that preceded the attack on the Capitol, and he promised to enact broad new voting restrictions.
After the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, handing abortion policy back to the states, Mr. Mastriano’s strident opposition to abortion in virtually any circumstance became a major campaign issue. Asked whether he believed in exceptions for rape, incest or the life of the pregnant woman, he replied at a debate earlier this year, “I don’t give a way for exceptions.”