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GOP warms to far-right gubernatorial nominee in Pennsylvania

CHAMBERSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA - MAY 17: Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano gives a victory speech at his election-night party at The Orchards on May 17, 2022 in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Mastriano, who was the front runner heading into HARRISBURG, Pa. - Republicans are warming up to Doug Mastriano.When he crushed a nine-person field to win the GOP nomination for Pennsylvania governor in May, some in the party warned that Mastriano's far-right views on everything from abortion to the 2020 presidential election would squander an otherwise attainable seat in a critical battleground state.

But now, as the general election season intensifies, the GOP machinery is cranking up to back Mastriano's campaign and attack his Democratic rival, Josh Shapiro.Mastriano spoke in Aspen, Colorado, last week at an event with donors sponsored by the Republican Governors Association. At the GOP's "Rally at the Rock" campaign event in northern Pennsylvania earlier this month, the independently elected state treasurer, Stacy Garrity, introduced Mastriano as "our next governor." County offices and booths are festooned with his campaign signs and he spoke at this month's closed-door state party meeting.

And on Wednesday, a pair of top party officials are hosting a fundraiser for Mastriano.In one of America's most politically divided states, the GOP's embrace of a candidate who opposes abortion rights with no exceptions, spread conspiracy theories about the 2020 election and was outside the U.S. Capitol during the Jan.

6 insurrection risks alienating moderate party members. But some Republicans say they're duty bound to get behind their party's nominee."When you play team sports, you learn what being part of a team means," said Andy

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