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State Sen. Doug Mastriano, the Republican candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania. (Photo: Friends of Doug Mastriano).

Hightstown man trails ex-Torricelli staffer in Pennsylvania governor’s race

New Monmouth University poll is good news for Democrat Josh Shaprio

By David Wildstein, October 06 2022 11:00 am

A man who grew up in New Jersey and was registered to vote here until 2021 appears to be trailing in the race for governor of Pennsylvania against a Democrat who was an aide to U.S. Senator Bob Torricelli in the 1990s.

A new Monmouth University poll released today does not put Republican Doug Mastriano and Democrat Josh Shapiro in a head-to-head test, but 54% of potential voters will either definitely (40%) or probably (14%) vote for Shapiro in the November 8 general election.   Mastriano is at 38%, with 24% saying they will definitely vote for him and 14% at probably.

“Shapiro’s support has solidified with Democrats over the past few weeks, but it’s unlikely that Republicans who are unsure about Mastriano will actually switch sides.  The bigger question may be whether they will vote at all,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.

Mastriano, a conservative state senator who has disputed the results of the 2020 presidential election, grew up in Hightstown in a political family; his mother served on the East Windsor Regional Board of Education and his grandmother was a North Brunswick school board member in the 1950s and 1960s.  Shapiro is the state attorney general.

The Monmouth polls says that 51% of voters say that Mastriano’s political views are not in line with Pennsylvania, while 35% say he is.   Shapiro is 50% in line with the state and 34% out of step.

“The Shapiro campaign appears to be successful in painting Mastriano as outside the Pennsylvania mainstream,” Murray said.

A Monmouth poll released on Wednesday shows another New Jerseyan, Republican Mehmet Oz, gaining some ground in his bid for a U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania.  Democrat John Fetterman remains ahead.   Oz remains a registered voter in Cliffside Park but has not voted there since 2020.

The poll was conducted between September 29 and October 3 with a random sample of 610 Pennsylvania voters and has a margin of error of +/- 4.8%.

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