According to the latest ratings from the election analysts at the Cook Political Report, Democrats have the advantage in Pennsylvania’s Attorney General’s race.
Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s (D) 2020 reelection bid over Republican Heather Heidelbaugh, a former Allegheny County Councilwoman and Pittsburgh-area attorney, is rated as “Likely Democratic,” Louis Jacobson writes.
Jacobson describes Shapiro, who was elected in 2016 to the statewide office, as a “rising star in the state,” and also points to his fundraising advantage over Heidelbaugh as well, although he adds that Republicans are “enthusiastic” about their nominee as well.
“Shapiro, currently in his first term, is considered a rising star in the state,” Jacobson writes. “He leads Republican Heather Heidelbaugh by a wide margin in fundraising, although Republicans are enthusiastic about her candidacy.”
In continuing his explanation for the race being “likely Democratic,” Jacobson references Shapiro’s vote total in 2016 and believes that Democrats are “seemingly in a better position in the 2020 presidential race,” as well.
“In winning the office in 2016, Shapiro outperformed fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton as she was losing the state; with Democrats seemingly in a better position in the 2020 presidential race, Shapiro is favored to win another term,” Jacobson writes.
Shapiro bested Republican John Rafferty by over 2.5 points for the open seat in 2016.
For the 2020 bid, both Heidelbaugh and Shapiro ran unopposed in their party’s primary.
The latest Cook report ratings for Attorney General race’s from across the nation can be found here.