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Corman to Exit Governor’s Race; Endorse Barletta

Lancaster Online is reporting that Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman will end his run for the Republican nomination for governor on Thursday and throw his support behind Lou Barletta.

Corman, who is still polling in single digits despite encouragement from former president Donald Trump, and other low-polling GOP candidates have been encouraged by party officials to step aside in a concerted effort to stop front-runner Doug Mastriano.

Republican officials are concerned that a Mastriano victory could hurt the entire ticket in the fall due to their concerns he is too extreme.

In the PoliticsPA moving average, Barletta is currently in second place, trailing Mastriano by three points. In the latest GOP polls released by Trafalgar and Fox News, Barletta is 10-12 points behind the Franklin County state senator.

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  1. Barletta voted for the Omnibus back in the day when he did whatever John Boehner told him to do. He also practically bankrupted Hazleton. He has a weak record of accomplishment.

  2. Mastriano is what happens when you have closed primaries. I wouldn’t be surprised if Trump issues a last minute endorsement of Mastriano.

  3. All of these Republicans are really damn good, but Dung Mastriano is probably the best of the bunch

  4. Seems like Republicans are having Wagner flashbacks. Their decade long embrace of the Tea Party is finally catching up with them. Sure, empower the rural rednecks and now they think they can elect people like Trump, Ding Dong Doug and Unsteady Teddy. YE REAP WHAT YE SOW.

  5. Corman and Barletta are RINOs. If you want a real Republican, vote for Mastriano.

    1. What moron thinks Mastriano can win? Anyone with an ounce of political wit can see how this plays out if Mastriano wins.

      It’s not debatable – except by Mastrianos nut job followers who don’t know , or care, about his electability statewide.

      Rs may lose house and Senate of Mastriano wins the primary. It’s Wagner on unelectibility steroids.

      1. I mean you gotta understand, these are the people that think Josh Shapiro is running ads IN FAVOR OF Doug Mastriano because Josh Shapiro is afraid to face Doug.

        There’s silly, there’s idiotic, there’s downright stupid, and then there are those folks.

      2. Most Pennsylvanians are with Mastriano. If he loses the general election, it must be because of voter fraud. No, there’s no other way he could lose.

        1. “If my candidate doesn’t win then the election is fradulent”

    1. Corman will be totally out of office by January. He’ll make big bucks in the private sector.

  6. Mastriano is now separated from the pack. Last minute “Hail Mary’s” are in place! Election forgone conclusion. Salute Mastriano, our new leader!

  7. Interesting he didn’t endorse Dave as he encouraged Dave to run for Governor.

    We need more candidates to drop out

    1. Can’t wait for Corman to complain how “the Republicans have lost their way” when Mastriano ends up getting nominated. The only person Jake Corman will have to blame is Jake Corman himself.

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