Another Republican drops out of PA’s gubernatorial race, endorses Barletta

Pennsylvania Republicans continue to unite behind former Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA) in order to try to achieve victory over the Democrats.

Breitbart News reports that yet another Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial candidate has decided, for this reason, to drop out of the running and to instead endorse Barletta. 

“The stakes are too high”

The latest Republican to do so is former Rep. Melissa Hart (R-PA). She announced her decision to drop out of the running for Pennsylvania’s governorship on Friday.

“The stakes are too high,” she wrote. “Our Republican primary is too fractured, and we need someone to come out of the Republican primary who is a proven leader, who is a uniter, who is someone who can get Democrat votes, and who can lead as a person who has a vision and the values that the people of Pennsylvania support.”

Accordingly, Hart said that she is “suspending” her campaign and “supporting Lou Barletta.”

“We all win when we support a candidate who shares our values and shares our vision and who can win. And, that candidate is Lou Barletta,” Hart added.


Hart’s decision comes less than a week away from the Republican primary, which will be held on May 17. It is now expected that Barletta will end up going up against Democrat gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro in November.

In recent weeks, a number of well-known Pennsylvania politicians have announced their endorsements of Barletta. Hart is also at least the second Republican to drop out of the running in order to try to ensure Barletta’s victory.

It is clear that Pennsylvania’s GOP is lining up behind Barletta.

“A history of beating Democrats”

Barletta released a statement thanking Hart for her endorsement. In it, he called upon others to unite behind him against Shapiro.

“We’ve all seen the terrible direction Pennsylvania has taken over the last seven and a half years, and we know that Josh Shapiro would make things even worse,” Barletta wrote. “I have a history of beating Democrats, having been elected mayor in a heavily Democratic city and defeated a 26-year incumbent Democrat for Congress.”

“There is no question that as the Republican nominee, I can also beat Josh Shapiro because the people of Pennsylvania know me,” he added. “I am proven, road-tested, and ready to lead.”

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