Mastriano concedes to Shapiro, calls for election reform

Pennsylvania State Sen. Doug Mastriano (R) bowed to Governor-elect Josh Shapiro (D) in the state gubernatorial race on Sunday, five days after the media called the race against him.

“Hard to accept as the results are, there is no good way but to concede, which I do, and I look to the challenges ahead. Josh Shapiro will be our next governor, and I ask each of him give the opportunity to lead and pray for him to lead well,” Mastriano said in a statement.

Shapiro said Sunday morning his opponent did not call to concede in the race, which the Democrat won by about 14 percentage points and more than 750,000 votes.

“I mean, who cares if he calls, right?” He doesn’t pick the winner, people pick the winner,” Shapiro told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union.”

The far-right Republican, backed by former President Trump, had questioned the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election, touting the former president’s claims of voter fraud and raising concerns about the election more broadly.

While he accepted his loss to Shapiro on Sunday, his statement also called for reforms to Pennsylvania’s electoral system.

“Pennsylvanians deserve to have faith in our election. In my role as a state senator, I will do my best to help Josh Shapiro deliver this to Pennsylvanians, and if he does, I will be the first to recognize and applaud his achievement,” Mastriano wrote.

He added that the results of the elections must be “decided more quickly” in the future.

Mehmet Oz, the Republican Senate candidate who lost a much closer race to Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D), conceded on Wednesday.

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