It’s primary election day, and that means Pennsylvanians will be headed to the polls to decide any number of races today. Topping the list: Who will Dems select to challenge Tom Corbett in November’s gubernatorial election?
In his first term, Corbett apparently failed to wow Pennsylvania voters; his poll numbers remain consistently low. That has Democrats here optimistic, and one name in particular is becoming a lot more familiar.
Businessman Tom Wolf dominated the airwaves early on, spending more than $6 million of his own money. That made Wolf a target for his three rivals in the primary. State Treasurer Rob McCord accuses Wolf of turning the election into an auction.
Another candidate has pointed to Wolf’s lack of political experience. Rep. Allyson Schwartz says she’s the one who knows how to get things done at the state capitol.
The other Democratic gubernatorial hopeful is Katie McGinty, an environmental adviser during the Clinton administration.
When it comes to primary voting for local and state elections Philadelphia gets a bad rap for not showing up.
Political Policy Expert Ellen Kaplan says only 16 percent of the electorate in Philadelphia County came to vote in 2010 and that’s when there was an open seat for Governor.
“In Philadelphia County, we haven’t had a wonderful record for turnout,” says Kaplan.
But how strongly do voters feel this time?
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