Another lawmaker eyes GOP primary for Pennsylvania governor

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HARRISBURG, PA – JANUARY 17: Members of the National Guard monitor activity outside the Pennsylvania Capitol Building on January 17, 2021 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Supporters of President Trump are expected to gather at state capitol buildings throughout the nation today to protest the presidential election results and the upcoming inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A state senator from southcentral Pennsylvania says he’s forming an exploratory committee to run for the Republican nomination for governor in 2022.

Lancaster County Sen. Scott Martin on Tuesday joined a crowded field of declared candidates and prospective candidates. The second-term senator chairs the Education Committee. Forming an exploratory committee helps him raise money for a campaign.

Already declared is Lou Barletta, the former four-term congressman who was the party’s nominee for U.S. Senate in 2018. Democrats are coalescing around Pennsylvania’s second-term Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who has said he expects to run for governor but has yet to formally announce his candidacy.

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