Unlikely duo: Pennsylvania Democrats aim for united front

PENNSYLVANIA — The fate of the Democratic Party is intertwined in a pair of Pennsylvania elections that’ll be closely watched this year.

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John Fetterman could help the party keep control of the U.S. Senate.

Josh Shapiro faces a Republican rival for governor who has embraced conspiracies about the last presidential election.

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With the stakes so high, Fetterman and Shapiro are participating in a coordinated campaign funded and run by party organizations.

But they’re already facing big challenges.

Fetterman suffered a stroke last month and hasn’t returned to the campaign trail.

And both candidates will be running in a difficult environment for Democrats, weighed down by inflation and President Joe Biden’s unpopularity.