Former President Donald Trump weighed in on the GOP gubernatorial primary in Pennsylvania with only three days before the election, endorsing Doug Mastriano.

Mastriano, a state senator, has been leading the crowded field, according to the latest polls, and will likely be boosted by the Trump endorsement.

Largely, the former president cited the candidate’s stance on election issues as the reason for the endorsement, saying “no one in Pennsylvania who has done more, or fought harder, for Election Integrity than State Senator Doug Mastriano.”

“He will also Fight Violent Crime, Strengthen our Borders, Protect Life, Defend our under-siege Second Amendment, and Help our Military and our Vets. He is a fighter like few others, and has been with me right from the beginning, and now I have an obligation to be with him,” Trump continued.

Trump selected Mastriano over a host of other GOP candidates, including Lou Barletta, Bill McSwain, Jake Corman, Melissa Hart, Joe Gale, and Charlie Gerow. Throughout the election, he has remained staunchly opposed to McSwain’s candidacy.

In addition to the gubernatorial race, Trump endorsed Mehmet Oz in the U.S. Senate Republican primary. According to Trump, the duo will be competitive in a general election.

“Doug Mastriano and Dr. Mehmet Oz will make an unbeatable team going into the most important Midterm Election in the history of our Country,” he continued in the statement. “They will Fight, they will Win, and they will Produce for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and for the USA itself.”

“I have fully Endorsed Dr. Oz, and now it is my great honor to give my Complete and Total Endorsement to a man who will never let you down, Doug Mastriano for Governor of Pennsylvania!”

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Cooper Moran is a reporter for The Pennsylvania Daily Star and The Star News Network. Email tips to [email protected]
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