HARRISBURG, Pa. — Donald Trump on Saturday endorsed Doug Mastriano in Pennsylvania’s Republican major for governor, siding with a far-right candidate who was exterior the U.S. Capitol through the Jan. 6 rebellion and has labored with willpower to overturn the outcomes of the 2020 presidential election.
Mastriano was already main a crowded subject of contenders, and the previous president’s endorsement places him on even stronger footing heading into Tuesday’s major.
But there are rising fears from get together leaders that Mastriano, a state senator and retired U.S. Army colonel, is just too excessive to win the overall election in November and will drag down different Republicans competing within the pivotal state the place a U.S. Senate seat can also be up for grabs.
Mastriano has, for instance, helped unfold unsubstantiated claims from Trump and his allies that Democrats fraudulently stole the election for Joe Biden — one thing that Trump seized on in his endorsement assertion.
“There is no one in Pennsylvania who has done more, or fought harder, for Election Integrity than State Senator Doug Mastriano,” Trump wrote. “He has revealed the Deceit, Corruption, and outright Theft of the 2020 Presidential Election, and will do something about it.”
Trump referred to as Mastriano “a fighter like few others, and has been with me right from the beginning, and now I have an obligation to be with him.”
Mastriano is a distinguished peddler of conspiracy theories, together with Trump’s lies that widespread fraud marred the final White House race and resulted in his loss in Pennsylvania.
Mastriano additionally has and mentioned he would take the extraordinary step of requiring voters to “re-register” to vote. Such a transfer is barred by the National Voter Registration Act and sure runs into important protections below the federal — and probably state — structure and legal guidelines, constitutional regulation students say. But his embrace of such an idea is a major breach of democratic norms respecting the outcomes of a free and honest election.
“We’re going to start all over again,” he mentioned throughout a debate final month, referring to registration.
Associated Press author Jill Colvin in New York contributed to this report.
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