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GOP rallies behind Lou Barletta in Pennsylvania governor's race to prevent defeat in November

Republican Party heavyweights in Pennsylvania are rallying behind former Rep. Lou Barletta in the state’s GOP gubernatorial primary in hopes he can overcome the front-runner — far-right firebrand Doug Mastriano — who they think is doomed to lose in the general election.

Those orchestrating an 11th-hour boost for Mr. Barletta, a longtime figure in state politics, say he is best positioned to beat the presumptive Democratic nominee for governor, Attorney General Josh Shapiro, in the general election.

“He stood on the national stage by himself when he fought against illegal immigration in Hazleton and he has proven to be able to win over Democrats, meaning he will be a strong nominee who can beat Josh Shapiro in November,” said former Pennsylvania senator and GOP presidential contender Rick Santorum.

As Tuesday’s primary approaches, Mr. Barletta’s support has grown. Not only have state and local elected officials rallied behind him

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