Unless whether you closely follow politics, or Pennsylvania, or Pennsylvania politics, you probably ignored Wednesday's announcement by State Attorney General Josh Shapiro that he is running as governor in 2022. You do not shouldn't, mainly because Shapiro's candidacy - and the broader Pennsylvania election of governors - could well have profound consequences for the 2024 election and its aftermath. Shapiro is almost certain to be the Democratic candidate, because it cleared the ground and was approved by Limited Term Governor Tom Wolf (D). The Republican primary is more crowded, but the leading candidate - former Rep. Lou Barletta - was one of the earliest Trump supporters in Congress and was encouraged to run for the Senate in 2018 by the former president. (Barletta lost this race.) Barl etta said he supports a statewide 2020 vote recount , a proposal backed by Trump despite the lack of evidence of widespread voter fraud. THE POINT - NOW ON YOUTUBE! In each episode of his weekly YouTube show, Chris Cillizza will delve a little deeper into the surreal world of politics. Click to subscribe! Thus, the choice of voters in Pennsylvania next November forIt might well go back to Shapiro, who fought subpoenas for voter personal information in the state, and Barletta, a close Trump ally and believer in the lie that the 2020 election was stolen. The choice they make could determine what happens in Pennsylvania in 2024 - assuming Trump is on the ballot again.Remember Pennsylvania has been one of the most contested states in the country in the last two presidential elections; Hillary Clinton defeated Trump by less than 30,000 votes in 2016 and Joe Biden edged Trump by just over 80,000 (out of nearly 7 million cast) last November. Governor Barletta could be ready to do Trump 's bidding when it comes to alleged problems with mail-in ballots or whatever the former president is up to by then. A Governor Shapiro would almost certainly not accede to requests fore Trump on the vote count. As governor, I will continue to resist attacks on our democracy Shapiro said in his announcement. We will strengthen voter intimidation laws, improve the postal voting process, and ensure that every eligible voter can have their voice heard. Update : Who is the governor of Pennsylvania when the 2024 election rolls out enormously in light of Trump 'He has a proven track record of trying to lean on elected swing state officials to change the vote in order to increase his chances of winning, both the State and the White House.