President Donald Trump released a glowing statement in support of Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial nominee Doug Mastriano.
On Tuesday, the 45th president said, “Doug Mastriano will be a GREAT Governor for Pennsylvania. I know him well and he is a fantastic guy.”
As the November midterm elections quickly approach, Mastriano appears to have a legitimate chance at flipping the state of Pennsylvania and securing a major win for the Republican Party, despite facing opposition from establishment Republicans like Mitch McConnell.
In a recent Trafalgar Group poll, Josh Shapiro, the Democrat nominee, only held a two percent lead over Mastriano, well within the margin of error.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Mastriano also seems to have a strong presence on the ground in Pennsylvania, which political analysts say mirrors the “hidden” support Trump received in the 2016 presidential election.
As the race continues to narrow between Mastriano and Shapiro, Trump is encouraging his MAGA base to support Mastriano’s gubernatorial bid.
Trump stated that Mastriano will “fight totally out of control Violent Crime (his opponent is pathetic on fighting Crime), Strengthen our Borders, Protect Life, Defend our Second Amendment, and help our Military and our Vets.”
One of the key issues in the Pennsylvania gubernatorial race has been the issue of rising crime in the state. Mastriano has leveraged the issue against Shapiro’s campaign, since Shapiro has presided as Pennsylvania attorney general while crime has skyrocketed. Trump’s additional support of Mastriano’s policies on crime is likely to give him a boost.
“Doug is a fighter like few others, and has been with me right from the beginning,” Trump continued. “He will NEVER let you down. Doug Mastriano, an outstanding WARRIOR & PATRIOT, has my Complete and Total Endorsement!”
While the Senate race between Dr. Mehmet Oz and John Fetterman has captured national attention in the state of Pennsylvania, Mastriano believes the race for governor is crucial for the Republican Party and for the American people.
In an interview on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Tuesday, Mastriano told Tucker Carlson, “We’re going to take back this state. And it’s very important: It’s just not another gubernatorial race — I believe the future of the nation is hinged upon the outcome in Pennsylvania at the governor level.”