Pennsylvania primary 2014 state executive officials preview

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By Garrett Fortin

The 2014 Pennsylvania primary elections are being held on May 20, 2014. There are two statewide executive offices involved: Governor and Lieutenant Governor. Both races have contested Democratic primaries with crowded fields. The two Republican incumbents are unopposed, as are the Green Party and Libertarian candidates. In all, there are fifteen candidates in eight primaries.

The nine Democratic candidates for the two contested primaries are:

Democratic Primary - Governor

Democratic Primary - Lieutenant Governor

Below, Ballotpedia has put together a preview of those upcoming elections.

Pennsylvania's polling hours on Election Day are from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm, Eastern time.

Pennsylvania Governor
See also: Pennsylvania gubernatorial election, 2014

The Democratic gubernatorial primary has four candidates. Recent polling shows Tom Wolf with a significant advantage over initial front-runner Allyson Schwartz and the race has stable after Wolf's early surge. There is no run-off in Pennsylvania: the Democrat who wins a plurality will win the nomination, which puts front-runner Wolf in a strong position.

Republican incumbent Gov. Tom Corbett faces no opposition in his primary, as do Green Party candidate Paul Glover and Libertarian candidate Ken Krawchuk. Corbett's only potential primary opponent, Bob Guzzardi, was removed from the ballot on legally-challenged grounds.

The table below shows polling on the Democratic gubernatorial primary.

Governor of Pennsylvania - Democratic Primary
Poll Allyson Schwartz Kate McGintyRob McCordTom WolfNot sure/OtherMargin of ErrorSample Size
Harper Polling
November 9-10, 2013
Franklin & Marshall
February 18-23, 2014
Franklin & Marshall
March 25-31, 2014
Muhlenberg College for Morning Call
April 28-30, 2014
Franklin & Marshall
May 6-12, 2014
Harper Polling
May 12-13, 2014
Muhlenberg College for Morning Call
May 13-15, 2014
AVERAGES 13.86% 5.43% 9.71% 33.71% 37.86% +/-4.4 520.14
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

Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor
See also: Pennsylvania Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

The five Democrats running for Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor are the survivors of an even larger crowd of candidates that included, among others, the son of famous football coach Joe Paterno. Less polling exists for these candidates and whomever wins the Democratic gubernatorial nomination may have to wait if they want to mention their new running mate in a victory speech.

The Republican incumbent. Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley faces no primary opposition. The third party candidates for Lieutenant Governor, Libertarian Henry Haller and Green candidate Wendy Lynne Lee, are also unopposed.

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