At Stake in Pa. Governor Race: Abortion, Presidency

Voters electing a new governor of Pennsylvania will choose between Democrat Josh Shapiro and Republican Doug Mastriano. At stake in Tuesday's election are the future of abortion rights and management of the 2024 presidential election in a swing state that is often decisive. Shapiro is the state’s two-term elected attorney general. He smashed Pennsylvania’s campaign finance record in a powerhouse campaign in which Democrats nationally faced headwinds. Mastriano is a retired Army colonel, state senator and relative political novice. He ran a hard-right campaign and refused for much of it to talk to mainstream news organizations. Pennsylvania polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Source: NBC Political News
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Fetterman Agrees to Debate Oz in Pa. Senate Race

Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman's campaign says he'll participate in just one debate. The campaign said Wednesday that Fetterman would participate in a televised debate in mid- to late October. It comes after weeks of his Republican rival, Dr. Mehmet Oz, pressuring Fetterman and aggressively questioning the severity of his lingering health problems from a stroke he suffered in May. As the general election grows closer, Oz, a celebrity heart surgeon and political novice, has begun stepping up his questioning of Fetterman’s fitness for office. Fetterman's campaign has said Oz's insistence on a debate is “about mocking John for having a stroke.” Source: NBC Political News
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Third-Party Candidates File to Run for Pa. Governor, Senate

Third-party candidates in Pennsylvania for governor and U.S. Senate are filing paperwork to get on the Nov. 8 general election ballot, potentially making a crucial difference in the high-stakes races. Monday's close-of-business was the deadline. The state’s online candidate list shows that three parties — the Keystone Party, the Libertarian Party and the Green Party — all have candidates who filed voter signatures for governor and U.S. Senate. A third-party candidate’s draw in a general election could make a difference in a close race between the major party candidates. A Fox News poll conducted in late July showed Democrats polling higher than Republicans in the two races. Source: NBC Political News
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Trolling Along: Fetterman Going Big on Social Media Vs. Oz

In one of this year’s most competitive U.S. Senate races, the biggest moments aren't playing out on the campaign trail. They’re on social media. In one stunt, Democrat John Fetterman is trying to get his Republican rival enshrined in New Jersey's Hall of Fame. It's a nod to Dr. Mehmet Oz moving from New Jersey to run. Fetterman also has New Jersey icons recording videos telling Oz to come home. The stunts are cheap and potentially potent ways for Fetterman to define Oz. Republicans acknowledge that Fetterman’s social-media game is top-notch. But they say many voters don’t see the material and it's missing issues like inflation that voters consider when casting ballots. Source: NBC Political News
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Some Republicans Warm to Far-Right Candidate for Pa. Governor

Republicans are warming up to the far-right nominee for governor in Pennsylvania, Doug Mastriano. When Mastriano crushed a nine-person field to win the primary in May, some in the party warned that his far-right views 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. That means embracing a candidate who alienates moderate party members. But some Republicans say they’re duty bound to get behind their party’s nominee. Source: NBC Political News
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Republicans Challenge Pennsylvania's Mail-In Voting Law Anew

Republicans are suing again in an attempt to throw out Pennsylvania’s broad mail-in voting law. The new lawsuit that was filed late Wednesday contends that the court must invalidate the law because of a provision that says it is void if any of its requirements are struck down in court. The lawsuit says the provision was triggered in a May 20 decision by a federal appeals court panel concerning mail-in ballots in a county judicial race from November. Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration says the decision didn't trigger the provision. Courts have taken a dim view of such provisions in the past and declined to enforce them. Source: NBC Political News
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Fetterman Absence Raises Stakes for Dems in Key Pa. Senate Race

John Fetterman has been fundraising, advertising on TV and grabbing attention with snarky social media posts, but he has yet to return to Pennsylvania's campaign trail in a significant way since a May 13 stroke. He's in one of the most competitive U.S. Senate races, with Dr. Mehmet Oz, as Democrats defend their Senate majority. Source: NBC Political News
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