The horse race is on and it’s tight between two carpetbaggers in Pennsylvania

Fig. 1. There’s much too much of this kind of thing to be seen around Pittsburgh. Photograph taken by author through his windshield, May 17, 2022, just outside Braddock, Pennsylvania.


Utterly unsurprisingly,[1] John Fetterman appears to have won in the Democratic Party primary for the U.S. Senate, while the carpetbaggers Dave McCormick and Mehmet Oz are each well ahead of Kathy Barnette. Despite a strong showing for the Barnette in the yard sign race, McCormick appears to be ahead in Allegheny County; he also holds a slender and diminishing lead over Oz statewide.[2]

Also unsurprisingly, Doug Mastriano appears to have won the Republican primary race for the Republican nomination for Pennsylvania governor. Josh Shapiro, the current state attorney general was uncontested on the Democratic side.[3]

I’m off to bed. We’ll see how it all looks in the morning.

  1. [1]Jake Blumgart, “Can this offbeat tattooed Democrat flip a Pennsylvania Senate seat?” Guardian, May 14, 2022,; Gillian McGoldrick, “New Pa. U.S. Senate poll: John Fetterman pulling ahead as Democratic favorite, GOP race still wide open,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 14, 2022,; Julian Routh, “John Fetterman, Democratic front-runner for Senate, makes blitz through southwestern Pa. ahead of primary,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 10, 2022,; Daniel Strauss, “Is Conor Lamb Collapsing Against John Fetterman in Pennsylvania?” New Republic, April 21, 2022,; Julia Terruso and Sean Collins Walsh, “John Fetterman suffered a stroke just days before Pa. Senate primary but says he’s recovering well,” Philadelphia Inquirer, May 15, 2022,
  2. [2]New York Times, “Pennsylvania Primary Election Results,” May 17, 2022,
  3. [3]New York Times, “Pennsylvania Primary Election Results,” May 17, 2022,

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