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Here’s what you need to know about the 2022 primary governor election before going to the polls. Photo by Tom Gralish | Philadelphia Inquirer
By Kate Huangpu of Spotlight PA and Ethan Edward Coston of Spotlight PA
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HARRISBURG — When Democrats head to the polls on May 17 for Pennsylvania’s 2022 primary election for governor, there will be just one choice on the ballot.
Republicans will face a much different situation, with nine candidates and still no clear frontrunner.
Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat first elected in 2014, is unable to run for re-election due to term limit restrictions. In this vacuum, Republicans have an opportunity to win the executive branch, which would leave them in control of the governor’s office as well as the legislature.
Wolf has often served as a foil to the GOP-majority General Assembly during his tenure, vetoing efforts to rewrite the state’s Election Code, roll back environmental policies, and further restrict abortion access. Many GOP candidates have vowed to sign such legislation.
Democrats have a voter registration edge over Republicans in the state, though that 500,000-plus advantage has been shrinking. While Wolf easily won reelection in 2018, close gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia last year have political watchers expecting a tight race here.
Here’s what you need to know about the 2022 primary governor election before going to the polls: