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Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Election

Primary Date
May 20, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Tom Corbett Republican Party
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The Pennsylvania gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Tom Corbett (R) is eligible, and running, for re-election. The winner of the election will serve a 4-year term in office.

Pennsylvania has a closed primary system, in which the selection of a party's candidates in a primary election is limited to registered members of that party.

Candidates

Note: The following list of candidates is not official and will continue to be updated until the 2014 candidate filing deadline. Candidates will be added as we come across them prior to the deadline. If you see a name of a candidate who is missing, please email us and we will add that name. As the election draws closer, more information will be added to this page.

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Race background

By the summer of 2013, The New York Times, The Washington Post and Governing had all rated Republican incumbent Tom Corbett as one of the most vulnerable governors facing re-election in 2014.[24] Their reports reflect the Republican governor's increasingly weak position heading into the 2014 election season, when his abysmal job approval ratings as well as state Democrats, rabid for an ousting after years under a Republican trifecta, will finally be put to the test.[25]

A July 2013 survey taken by Harper Polling showed that just under a quarter of state residents think Corbett deserves to be elected again in 2014.[26] Those results backed up earlier polling figures released by Quinnipiac University, which had him at 38 percent job approval and substantially behind Democratic gubernatorial candidate U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz in a hypothetical general election match up.[27] The Quinnipiac poll showed Schwartz beating Corbett by a whopping 10 points. Better odds, as it happens, than had been revealed in a similar survey conducted previously by Public Opinion Strategies, a Republican-aligned firm.[28]

Back in April 2013, Schwartz was already looking especially threatening vis a vis Corbett's dismal popularity among female respondents, 54-27 percent of whom expressed opposition to Corbett’s re-election, a margin of 2 to 1.[29]

There are 36 states holding regularly scheduled gubernatorial elections in 2014 and there are 5-10 seats considered most likely to face partisan switch, Corbett among them. He recently moved into to the top slot on the Washington Post's "engangered" list, after having been in third place during the prior rating cycle.[30][31][32] Corbett's upgraded vulnerability status comes to bear on the heels of his failure to enact any of his three tent-pole policy initiatives during recently concluded spring legislative session. The timing also corresponded to a further swell of Democratic candidates entering the 2014 governor's race.

Several Democratic hopefuls - Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger, Hanger's predecessor Kate McGinty, Cumberland County minister Max Myers, Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz, York businessman Tom Wolf and State Treasurer Rob McCord - have formally launched 2014 campaigns for governor. Three other potential Democratic candidates have been mentioned in connection with the race: State rep. H. Scott Conklin, former state auditor and state senator Jack Wagner and county commission chairman Josh Shapiro.[33][17][34][35]

Two Republicans have also been mentioned as potential primary opponents of Governor Corbett: former radio announcer Tom Lineaweaver and conservative activist Bob Guzzardi.[36][37] Guzzardi filed for the Republican primary and survived a challenge to his campaign's signatures after the Republican Party of Pennsylvania tried to get him disqualified.[38]


Polls

Hypothetical match-ups

Corbett vs Schwartz

Hypothetical Match-up in the Pennsylvania Governor's Race
Poll Tom Corbett (R) Allyson Schwartz (D)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac
April 19-24, 2013
34%47%15%+/-2.81,235
Quinnipiac
December 11-16, 2013
37%45%12%+/-31,061
Gravis Marketing
January 28, 2014
35%44%21%+/-4717
Quinnipiac
February 19-24, 2014
38%44%18%+/-2.61,405
AVERAGES 36% 45% 16.5% +/-3.1 1,104.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Corbett vs Wolf

Hypothetical Match-up in the Pennsylvania Governor's Race
Poll Tom Corbett (R) Tom Wolf (D)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac
December 11-16, 2013
37%44%14%+/-31,061
Gravis Marketing
January 28, 2014
34%41%24%+/-4717
Quinnipiac
February 19-24, 2014
33%52%14%+/-2.61,405
AVERAGES 34.67% 45.67% 17.33% +/-3.2 1,061
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Corbett vs McCord

Hypothetical Match-up in the Pennsylvania Governor's Race
Poll Tom Corbett (R) Rob McCord (D)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac
April 19-24, 2013
35%44%17%+/-2.81,235
Quinnipiac
December 11-16, 2013
39%42%15%+/-31,061
Gravis Marketing
January 28, 2014
36%48%18%+/-4717
Quinnipiac
February 19-24, 2014
36%43%21%+/-2.61,405
AVERAGES 36.5% 44.25% 17.75% +/-3.1 1,104.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Corbett vs McGinty

Hypothetical Match-up in the Pennsylvania Governor's Race
Poll Tom Corbett (R) Katie McGinty (D)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac
December 11-16, 2013
37%44%15%+/-31,061
Quinnipiac
February 19-24, 2014
38%40%21%+/-2.61,405
AVERAGES 37.5% 42% 18% +/-2.8 1,233
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Corbett vs Hanger

Hypothetical Match-up in the Pennsylvania Governor's Race
Poll Tom Corbett (R) John Hanger (D)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac
December 11-16, 2013
37%42%14%+/-31,061
Quinnipiac
February 19-24, 2014
37%40%24%+/-2.61,405
AVERAGES 37% 41% 19% +/-2.8 1,233
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Corbett vs Wagner

Hypothetical Match-up in the Pennsylvania Governor's Race
Poll Tom Corbett (R) Jack Wagner (D)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac
December 11-16, 2013
36%48%11%+/-31,061
Quinnipiac
February 19-24, 2014
37%44%18%+/-2.61,405
AVERAGES 36.5% 46% 14.5% +/-2.8 1,233
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Other match-ups

Gravis Marketing Poll: Pennsylvania Governor's Race
January 28, 2014
ResponseRob McCord (D)Allyson Schwartz (D)Tom Wolf (D)
Percent of the vote434238
Bob Guzzardi (R) percent of the vote313331
Undecided262530
Number polled 717
Margin of error +/-4%


Democratic primary

Governor of Pennsylvania - Democratic Primary
Poll Allyson Schwartz Kate McGintyRob McCordJohn HangerEd PawlowskiTom WolfNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Harper Polling
November 9-10, 2013
22%15%12%7%6%5%34%+/-3.85649
Franklin & Marshall
February 18-23, 2014
9%1%3%1%0%36%48%+/-4.2548
AVERAGES 15.5% 8% 7.5% 4% 3% 20.5% 41% +/-4.03 598.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

See also

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References

  1. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2013-2014 Gubernatorial Races," March 11, 2013
  2. The Republic, "Conservative activist Bob Guzzardi says he aims to challenge Corbett in Pa. GOP primary," Decamber 31, 2013
  3. The Associated Press, "AP: Ex-revenue chief Tom Wolf running for Pa. gov," April 2, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Philly.com, "Brady likes Stack for governor," April 24, 2013
  5. Philly.com, "State Treasurer joins race for governor," September 24, 2013
  6. Montgomery County Green Party, "Paul Glover Seeking GPPA Gubernatorial Nomination," December 9, 2013
  7. TribLive, "Philadelphian may seek Libertarian nomination for gubernatorial run," November 1, 2013
  8. Facebook, "Tom Lineaweaver for Governor of PA," accessed September 2, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Pennsylvania Department of State, "2014 Primary Candidate List," March 12, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 The Morning Call, "Qpoll: Pawlowski, Sestak top potential Dem challengers against Corbett," March 13, 2013
  11. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Allentown mayor runs for governor in 2014," September 8, 2013
  12. Lehigh Valley Live, "Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski officially pulls out of governor's race, citing lack of money," February 4, 2014
  13. PoliticsPA, "Exclusive: Conklin Joins Dem Gov-Stakes," March 26, 2013
  14. Centre Daily Times, "Rep. Scott Conklin won’t run for Pennsylvania governor," March 11, 2014
  15. Jo Ellen Litz For Governor 2014, "Homepage," accessed July 15, 2013
  16. Centre Daily Times, "Pa. filings leave Corbett facing new challenge," March 12, 2014
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 PoliticsPA, "Exclusive: McGinty to Launch Guv Exploratory Committee," March 18, 2013
  18. Trib-Live, Wagner mulls gubernatorial run, August 17, 2013]
  19. philly.com, "Jack Wagner drops out of Pa. governor's race," March 27, 2014
  20. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Former DEP head John Hanger drops out of governor's race," March 27, 2014
  21. PoliticsPA, "Breaking: Castor Rules Out 2014 Run," May 7, 2013
  22. PoliticsPA, "State Sen. Stack Passes on Guv Run, Seeks LG Instead," October 17, 2013
  23. Allentown Morning Call, "Corbett: No plans to end 'tradition' of Pa. governors serving two terms," November 12, 2012
  24. The New York Times, "Which Governors Are Most Vulnerable in 2014?," April 8, 2013
  25. The Washington Post, "Tom Corbett is the most endangered governor in the country," July 12, 2013
  26. Harper Polling, "Pennsylvania Poll: State Budget & Corbett Re-election," July 1-2, 2013
  27. Quinnipiac University, "Schwartz, Best-Known Of Unknown Dems, Tops Corbett, Quinnipiac University Pennsylvania Poll Finds; Girl Next Door Clinton Tops Native Son Santorum In 2016," June 7, 2013
  28. Public Opinion Strategies via the Philadelphia City Paper "Pennsylvania Statewide/Philadelphia Suburbs Poll," April 30-May 2, 2013
  29. Quinnipiac University Poll, "LEADING DEMS TOP CORBETT IN PENNSYLVANIA GOV RACE,QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY POLL FINDS;DEM PRIMARY IS A RACE BETWEEN SCHWARTZ AND SESTAK," April 29, 2013
  30. University of Virginia Center for Politics: Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2013-2014 Gubernatorial Races," April 29, 2013
  31. The Washington Post, "The Fix's top 15 gubernatorial races," March 22, 2013
  32. Governing Politics, "2013-2014 Governor's Races: Who's Vulnerable?," December 12, 2012
  33. Philadelphia Inquirer, "State Treasurer Rob McCord launches PAC for governors race," July 11, 2013
  34. The Associated Press, "AP: Ex-revenue chief Tom Wolf running for Pa. gov," April 2, 2013
  35. Lebanon Daily News, "Litz to announce run for governor July 2," June 18, 2013
  36. Facebook, "Tom Lineaweaver for Governor of PA," accessed September 2, 2013
  37. The Republic, "Conservative activist Bob Guzzardi says he aims to challenge Corbett in Pa. GOP primary," Decamber 31, 2013
  38. TribLive, "Judge says Corbett primary challenger can stay on ballot, appeal planned," April 16, 2014