The final Emerson College poll of very likely GOP voters in Pennsylvania show that Doug Mastriano appears to be pulling away in the race for the governor’s nomination.
The state senator from Franklin County amassed 34.3 percent support among the 1,000 likely voters in the poll. The margin of error is +/- 3.0 percent.
Mastriano has a 12.7 percent lead over runner-up Lou Barletta. the former mayor of Hazleton, and a 22.7 percent lead over former U.S. attorney Bill McSwain. Delaware County businessman Dave White is just shy of double digits at 9.3 percent. Undecideds still rule the roost at 15.2 percent trying to make up their mind in the last 24-36 hours.
Mastriano, who has been outspoken in his beliefs that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from former president Donald Trump, has led the last six GOP polls and the Emerson poll gives him the largest margin to date. The PoliticsPA moving average of 12 polls since February has Mastriano with a 4.4 point advantage over Barletta and 10.5 points ahead over McSwain.
Among the undecideds, 54.3 percent were leaning toward Mastriano, while Barletta and McSwain were pulling in just 14.2 and 10.6 percent, respectively.
Among the 105 respondents who have already cast their votes through the mail, Barletta and White are even at 24.8 percent, while Mastriano (13.3) and McSwain (12.4) trail.
McSwain also lost the endorsement of his biggest benefactor – the Commonwealth Partners Chamber of Entrepreneurs – tonight as the group called on McSwain and White to drop out and coalesce around Barletta as the GOP candidate.