© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Pennsylvania State Senator Doug Mastriano speaks in protest of the state’s extended stay-at-home order to help curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA, April 20, 2020. REUTERS / Rachel Wisni
By Pete Schroeder
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former President Donald Trump announced Saturday that he supported Sen. Doug Mastriano of the state of Pennsylvania in the state’s 2022 gubernatorial race.
The approval comes three days before the Republican primary. Mastriano, a loyal Trump ally who has been a vocal advocate for his baseless allegations of stolen elections, already led in the polls against several other Republican challengers.
“There is no one in Pennsylvania who has done more or fought harder for electoral integrity,” Trump said in a statement. “He’s a fighter like few others and has been with me from the beginning, and now I have an obligation to be with him.”
Mastriano was a leading advocate for a 2020 election result study in which Pennsylvania’s support for President Joe Biden ultimately sealed his victory. In August, Mastriano was removed from the state’s election audit in 2020 when the state’s top Republican senator said he was focused on “politics and showmanship” rather than an actual investigation.
Pennsylvania is a major swing state where Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf will not seek re-election due to time constraints. Josh Shapiro, the state’s justice minister, is currently the presumed Democratic candidate.