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Pennsylvania Governor: Corbett Picks up the Slack and Reduces Wolf’s Lead

Magellan, 10/13 – 10/14

Pennsylvania Governor

  • Tom Wolf – Democrat – 49%
  • Tom Corbett – Republican – 42%
  • Undecided – 9%

The Republicans are gaining momentum in the Pennsylvania Governor race. Democrat Tom Wolf has maintained a steady lead throughout the campaign, but his opponent, Tom Corbett is starting to catch up after trailing by 12 percent in July. A Magellan poll asked 1,131 likely voters who they would vote for if an election were to occur today.

49 percent of voters chose Wolf, while 42 percent chose Corbett. In July, 50 percent chose Wolf and 38 percent Corbett. In September, 49 percent voted for Wolf and 40 percent Corbett.

Most of Corbett’s gains have resulted from his ability to turn undecided voters into Republican voters. He has increased the scope of his Republican voters from 64 percent in July to 73 percent in the most recent poll. These statistical gains have helped him close the gap and pose a challenge to Wolf’s campaign.

Wolf has a favorability rating of 46, while Corbett has a 39. However, Corbett has improved his favorability rating significantly. In May, it was pegged at 20, in July, 32, and in September, 33.

Other polls show Wolf with a commanding lead. A Franklin & Marshall poll had the split at 57 percent for Wolf and 37 percent for Corbett. 50 percent of voters in a CBS News poll chose Wolf, while only 41 percent chose Corbett.

The two candidates debated on October 8. Corbett defended voter ID laws as a safeguard for the system, denounced the legalization of marijuana by calling the drug a “gateway drug.” and stated his support for the death penalty, a point that Wolf specifically disagreed with.

Photo credit: AP / Rodney Johnson.