News & Brews May 5, 2022

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Here’s what the latest poll says in Senate, gov primaries

According to a new Franklin & Marshall College poll of registered voters (not necessarily “likely” voters, an important distinction), John Fetterman leads in the Democrat primary for Senate 53% to Conor Lamb’s 14%, while Malcolm Kenyatta garners 4%, and 22% are undecided. In the GOP Senate primary, 39% are undecided, while Mehmet Oz and Dave McCormick are at 18% and 16%, respectively, Kathy Barnette is at 12%, and the rest are in single digits. And in the GOP gubernatorial primary, 34% are undecided,Doug Mastriano is at 20%, Bill McSwain at 12%, Lou Barletta at 11%, and Dave White at 8%. See the poll here, or read the PennLive story on the results here.

GOP Senate candidates trade barbs at debate

Last night, the leading Republican candidates for U.S. Senate met on the debate stage, where attacks were plentiful as the countdown to primary election day continues. Newsmax, which sponsored the debate, gave a rundown of some of the criticisms lobbed across stage.

Op-Ed: Disconnected politicians lose those who ‘vote their jobs’

Commonwealth Foundation Senior Fellow Gordon Tomb writes in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that Democrat politicians who receive millions from unions are showing their fundamental disconnect from the workers those unions claim to represent. The most recent case in point: Gov. Wolf’s move to force Pennsylvania into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Read more here.

Mastriano ends podcast interview over line of questioning 

It’s not entirely unusual for candidates to end interviews because they don’t like the questions being asked. The latest example is GOP gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano, who has been leading in the polls (second only to “undecided” voters). Mastriano ended a podcast interview with the right-leaning Delaware Valley Journal (DVJ) because, the Journal says, he was “angry over questions about his participation in a rally linked to QAnon conspiracy advocates.” You can read the DVJ’s take here, where you’ll also find a link to listen to the interview.

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