Pa. governor hopeful Jake Corman drops out, backs rival as primary nears

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Lou Barletta speaks at a news conference where he accepted the endorsement of a rival in Pennsylvania’s crowded Republican primary for governor, Jake Corman, right, May 12, 2022, in Harrisburg, Pa. Corman’s endorsement comes as GOP leaders warn that leading Republican primary candidate Doug Mastriano is too far right to win in a general election. (AP Photo/Marc Levy)

By MARC LEVY Associated Press

A Republican candidate for Pennsylvania governor said Thursday that he was ending his campaign and endorsing rival Lou Barletta, a move that comes as GOP leaders warn that leading candidate Doug Mastriano is too far right to win in a general election.

Jake Corman, Pennsylvania’s ranking state senator, announced his endorsement of Barletta at a news conference just days before the state’s Tuesday primary and amid hand-wringing by establishment Republicans that a Mastriano victory would doom their chances of flipping the governor’s mansion in November in the battleground state.

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