GOP Won’t Endorse in Big Primary Fields for Governor, Senate

GOP Won't Endorse in Big Primary Fields for Governor, Senate Mehmet Oz walks on stage during a campaign rally Pennsylvania GOP Senate primary candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz (Dreamstime)

Saturday, 05 February 2022 12:05 PM

The Pennsylvania Republican party Saturday decided against endorsing in huge primary fields for governor, Senate and lieutenant governor, ensuring this spring's races will be that much more wide open.

The party banned reporters from the ballroom where it held its winter meeting at a Lancaster hotel. However, committee members and candidates said the party held a voice vote against endorsing.

Party committee members had predicted for months that nobody would win an endorsement. It is the first time in decades that Pennsylvania has held an election for an open U.S. Senate seat and an open governor's office.

The primary field for governor is double-digits deep, while the fields for U.S. Senate and lieutenant governor each feature at least a half-dozen candidates.

The U.S. Senate field is notable for wealthy and well-connected candidates moving from out of state to run, including Mehmet Oz, best known as daytime TV's host of "The Dr. Oz Show," and David McCormick, the just-resigned CEO of one of the world's largest hedge funds.