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May 23: Still no winner in the GOP Senate race. Lee defeats Irwin in Dem PA-12 primary. Fetterman released from hospital. Provisional ballots?

Good Monday morning. Still no winner in the GOP Senate race. Lee defeats Irwin in Dem PA-12 primary. Fetterman released from hospital. Provisional ballots? Here is the Playbook.

PA Weather
Pittsburgh | Mostly Cloudy, 67
Harrisburg | Partly Sunny, 72
Philadelphia | Partly Sunny, 74

PA Sports
Phillies (19-22) | MON-THU vs. Atlanta
Pirates (16-24) | MON-WED vs. Colorado
Union (6-1-6) | d. Portland, 2-0

U.S. Senate: Still no winner. As of early Monday morning, Dr. Mehmet Oz holds a 1,070 vote (0.1%) lead over David McCormick for the GOP nomination. As Pennsylvania calls for an automatic recount for results decided by 0.5 points or less, that looks like the direction we are headed. The winner of the GOP race will face Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, who coasted to the Democratic Party nomination.


U.S. Congress
PA12: DEM: State Rep. Summer Lee defeated Steve Irwin for the open seat in Pittsburgh. 


Podcast: Primary Losers & Winners: With Pennsylvania’s primary behind us, who are the big winners and big losers? What does it all mean? And what happens next?

Analysis: What They’re Saying Around PA: After the craziness of the last 72 hours, we decided to reach out to some experts for their take on what transpired on Tuesday in Pennsylvania.

Provisional Ballots: How They Impact The Race: Why hasn’t Pennsylvania been able to determine the winners of the outstanding races for the Senate and House? Provisionally speaking, this is why.

Sunday News Show Preview – May 22: If it’s Sunday and you still aren’t sure who won the GOP Senate race, you might be in front of your TV catching up on state political issues this morning.

PA Governor Race: ‘How Doug Mastriano built a grassroots movement in Pa. on election denial, Christianity, and Facebook’: Spotlight PA reports that “the 58-year-old, arch-conservative state senator and retired Army colonel won 44% of the vote Tuesday, according to unofficial results, defying the last-minute efforts of top consultants and party bigwigs to cast him as unelectable against Democratic nominee Josh Shapiro.”

  • Post-Gazette: For Pa. GOP, no turning back in bid vs. Josh Shapiro as party leaders back Doug Mastriano for governor
  • LNP | LancasterOnline: It’s way too soon to bet against a Doug Mastriano win this fall in the race for governor
  • Inquirer: How the Pa. Republican establishment broke itself trying to stop Doug Mastriano
  • Inquirer: Doug Mastriano’s master’s thesis warned of left-wing ‘Hitlerian Putsch,’ doubted military should answer to civilian leadership
  • The Hill: Shapiro says he would welcome Biden to Pennsylvania amid gubernatorial race
  • The Hill: Shapiro calls Mastriano ‘dangerous’ and ‘divisive’ 
  • CNN: Dem candidate Shapiro lays out abortion stakes in PA governor’s race
  • CNN: ‘Dangerous’ and ‘divisive’: Dem PA gov. candidate blasts GOP opponent
  • CNN: ‘Complete and total catastrophe’: Ex-GOP congressman rips Republican candidate
  • Delco Daily Times: Attorney General Josh Shapiro working with local officials on Crozer Health crisis

PA Senate Race: ‘It’s still advantage Oz in the Pa’s Republican U.S. Senate primary, but McCormick hasn’t surrendered yet’: PennLive reports that “it’s still advantage Dr. Oz, as the nation’s highest-profile, and closest, Republican Senate primary grinds toward its inevitable conclusion.”

  • AP: Pennsylvania’s Fetterman released from hospital after stroke 
  • Inquirer: The Oz and McCormick campaigns are already fighting over undated Pa. mail ballots as Senate primary recount looms
  • Post-Gazette: John Fetterman testing whether Pennsylvania’s backroads can take a progressive Democrat to Washington
  • Tribune Review: What went wrong with Conor Lamb’s U.S. Senate campaign?
  • Tribune Review: Gisele Fetterman steps into campaign after husband’s stroke: ‘I didn’t have to think twice’
  • CNN: Kathy Barnette: ‘I was ignored because the media had their picks’
  • Inquirer: There’s another high-profile vote count in Pa., but Republicans aren’t objecting this time
  • The Hill: Kenyatta to campaign for Fetterman in Pennsylvania
  • The Hill: Gisele Fetterman steps into the spotlight after husband’s stroke
  • The Hill: Esper backs McCormick over Oz in Pennsylvania Senate race
  • CNN: McCormick pushes for undated ballots to be counted in Pennsylvania GOP Senate primary after court ruling
  • AP: Court rules on mail ballots as Senate race votes are counted 
  • AP: Pa. Senate GOP primary too close to call, recount likely
  • Fox News: Pennsylvania secretary of commonwealth on potential Senate primary recount 
  • Fox News: Conor Lamb paid brother nearly $100K from disastrous Pennsylvania Senate campaign
  • Morning Call: John Fetterman discharged from hospital after suffering stroke, says he feels ‘great’
  • WFMZ: Oz and McCormick clash over Lehigh County ballot ruling
  • Erie Times-News: Fetterman’s main foe in November isn’t GOP, it’s the midterm curse.

‘As Trump falsely assails another election, Pa. officials gird for November’: The Washington Post reports that “former president Donald Trump escalated his baseless assault on Pennsylvania’s elections Thursday even as other Republicans declined to embrace his stance and election officials cautioned that his rhetoric could further erode confidence in the democratic system.”

‘Pennsylvania, flush with cash, could see surplus go down the drain’: City & State PA reports that “financial experts say COVID relief funds should be reserved for one-time uses.”

‘Suspense, potential for legal conflict swirl around undecided Lehigh Valley Senate primary races after federal court ruling’: The Allentown Morning Call reports that “suspense and the potential for legal conflict swirled about two tight and undecided Senate primary election races in the Lehigh Valley over the weekend after a federal court ruling threw open the possibility of counting undated mail-in ballots.”

‘Public database of bridge conditions should be made available across the state, Pa. lawmaker urges’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “months after Pennsylvania officials stripped crucial information about poorly rated bridges from public view, a veteran state lawmaker is pushing for databases that will alert people to the condition of thousands of spans statewide.”

‘Sen. Casey introduces bill to protect families from baby formula shortages’: KDKA reports that “Sen. Bob Casey along with other lawmakers have introduced a bill aimed at avoiding future baby formula shortages.”

‘Democrats face political headwinds but Pennsylvania may be different’: The Scranton Times-Tribune reports that “just about everything about the upcoming November election favors Republicans nationwide. But if any state defies expectations, Pennsylvania may be the one.”

‘Pennsylvania jobless rate fell; payrolls, labor force up’: The Associated Press reports that “Pennsylvania’s payrolls and workforce grew in April as the state’s unemployment rate sank to a post-pandemic low, according to new state figures released Friday.”

‘Group seeking 2020 presidential election audit cries ‘foul’’: The Williamsport Sun-Gazette reports that “stressing that this is “not an issue that is going to go away,” a group of county residents told the Lycoming County Commissioners that they are seeking a hand recount of votes from the 2020 election.”

‘Rep. Meuser: Biden admin sending flights and busses of migrants into Pennsylvania’: Fox News reports that “Rep. Dan Meuser, R-Pa., on the Biden administration sending migrants throughout the U.S. and how he is trying to combat the issue in Congress.”

Regional Spotlight: Southeast and Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: How the Lehigh Valley voted in Pa. primary: Where Oz was strongest, where Pat Browne ran into trouble, is Lisa Scheller outperforming her last run?
KYW Newsradio: Philly to require masks in schools starting Monday
Levittown Now: Bucks County Primary Election Turnout At 32 Percent
Reading Eagle: Ron Vogel, finishing third in 6th Congressional District race, slams Chester County GOP
Daily Local News: Officials: Election process goes off without a hitch in Chester County
Daily Local News: House passes Houlahan-backed bill to combat domestic terrorism
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley superintendents call for reforming ‘flawed’ charter school funding formula
Morning Call: Saving Gracedale: Northampton County Council approves $10 million for staff bonuses
Morning Call: How Lehigh Valley-area lawmakers voted last week
Delco Daily Times: Upper Darby audit of ARPA funds finds no misuse
Reading Eagle: Reading Redevelopment Authority chairman apologizes for racial slur; council removes him from post
WFMZ: Ballot count continues for Berks GOP senate primary results
Express Times: More Philadelphia renters are looking to Lehigh Valley for their next move, report says 
Express Times: Northampton County $150K study aims to boost broadband internet access
Philadelphia Magazine: Q&A: Bucks Co. Native Robert Costa of CBS News Talks Getting Stiffed by Kathy Barnette
Inquirer: Philadelphia International Airport wants to be its own city department
WHYY: City Council weighing citywide contract converting Philly street lights to LEDs 
WHYY: Council considering competing property tax relief bills as budget negotiations loom
KYW Newsradio: How hard has pandemic hit Philly economy? Pew study uncovers, projects answers
KYW Newsradio: Early childhood education providers ask state legislators for wage raise to ease staffing shortage
KYW Newsradio: With families in mind, new affordable housing begins to sprout in Sharswood
Philly Voice: City Council votes to approve additional asbestos inspections for Philadelphia schools
Billy Penn: People are cringing over Philly City Council’s ’embarrassing’ resolution naming Joel Embiid MVP 
Billy Penn: A first in 1922: Two Pa. women secure major party nominations for Congress 
Billy Penn: SEPTA kicks off Regional Rail makeover by asking you to dream up your ideal schedule 

David Thornburgh: Pennsylvania has a primary problem
Salena Zito: The conservative populist coalition has grown in Pennsylvania. What that means going forward is important
Mark S. Singel: Democrats are finding their footing
Ernest Owens: The Philadelphia Democratic Establishment Has Officially Lost Its Mojo
Will Bunch: Doug Mastriano race to decide if Pennsylvanians want their votes counted or cheaper bacon
Mark Segal: Why the LGBTQ community rejected Brian Sims for lieutenant governor 
Larry Platt: Notes From Crazy Town 
John L. Micek: Fetterman’s lesson for Dems: A clear brand and coherent message wins every time | Friday Coffee
Rob Richie: Republicans could nominate stronger Senate candidates with ranked choice voting
Dr. Denise Johnson: This 1-4-3 Day, let’s be kind to ourselves
Chris Kelly: Dr. Oz was robbed
Jenice Armstrong: Oprah needs to denounce Oz
Naomi Davenport and Helena Johnson: We work with people with intellectual disabilities. Pa. needs to step up for us now
Ray E. Landis: The primary is over. The shakedowns for contributions continue. Save your money 
PennLive Editorial Board: Voters have some choices to make about the future of American democracy on Nov. 8 
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: Primary postmortem: a vicious campaign, another ballot printing error in Lancaster County and an appalling win
Inquirer Editorial Board: Philadelphia screwed up property tax assessments. Start over. 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Losing gracefully and winning patiently are necessary democratic norms
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Fern Hollow Bridge report leaves questions unanswered 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Finally, America’s championship women’s soccer team will be paid like champions
Joseph Roy: How our district is overpaying cybercharters $2.7 million
Paul Muschick: A teen was killed by a reckless dirt bike rider. What are we going to do about it?
Chad Dion Lassiter: Buffalo has a critical lesson for Pennsylvania
Salena Zito: Rhet­o­ric ver­sus re­al­ism at the pump, and in the for­mula aisle
Glen Wilkofsky: Why I put my job in the Allentown Symphony on the line to not pay union dues
Will Bunch: U.S. needs to tax Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and the Billionaire Boys Club out of their misery
Jeannine Cook: We need a federal holiday to honor Harriet Tubman
John Cole: Doug Mastriano’s primary win, explained | Editorial Cartoon
Jonathan Bernstein: Republican voters aren’t Trump zombies
Nancy Eshelman: When will the gun violence stop? The sad truth is that no one has a clue
Ruth Ann Dailey: Injustice unanswered

4 Responses

  1. Respect David Thornburgh but the Indy voters voting in Dem or R primaries creates two general elections and only makes worse campaign financing. If the R’s want to be knuckleheads and nominate a zealot MAGA Mastriano that is their choice. Dems nominated McGovern and he was a gentle soul that was progressive for his time.

  • Does the NYC Verdict Make You More or Less Likely to Vote For Trump in 2024?

    • Less Likely (36%)
    • More Likely (34%)
    • Makes No Difference (30%)

    Total Voters: 112

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