In the recent 2022 midterm elections, Democrat Josh Shapiro , 49, defeated Republican Doug Mastriano by a double-digit margin. Mastriano is a far-right extremist and a prominent figure in fundamentalist Christian nationalism. He has called the separation of church and state a myth, and has been accused of being a racist and antisemite. Shapiro has served as the Pennsylvania Attorney General since 2017. He is an observant Conservative Jew who keeps kosher.
Quote: “While my name was on the ballot, it was always your rights on the line. I believe this Governor’s race was a test for each of us to decide what kind of Commonwealth and what kind of country that we want to live in. It was a test of whether or not we valued our rights and freedoms, and whether we believed in opportunity for all Pennsylvanians… We showed in this campaign that no matter what you look like, where you come from, who you love, or who you pray to, you are valued here in Pennsylvania.”
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