U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz finally files for 2014 governor race in Pennslvania

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April 9, 2013

Pennsylvania

By Maresa Strano

Democratic U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz (PA-13) hopes to unseat Gov. Tom Corbett (R) in 2014 election.

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania's 13th Congressional District seat will be ripe for the taking in the 2014 elections thanks to Democratic incumbent Rep. Allyson Schwartz' decision to formalize her bid for governor yesterday, April 8, when she filed her campaign paperwork with the Pennsylvania Department of State. Schwartz is the third Democrat to enter the race, although her arrival was not unexpected and she had already been considered by party operatives to be the most promising challenger to face first term incumbent Tom Corbett in 2014. Governor Corbett will seek re-election in 2014 despite low approval figures among likely voters and performing poorly in hypothetical match-up polls against Schwartz conducted in anticipation of her filing for the election.[1]

Schwartz' popularity in comparison with Corbett at this early stage is enhanced by a financial advantage, owing to the $3.1 million she currently has stored in her Federal Election Commission fundraising account, which she is permitted to transfer directly into her 2014 gubernatorial campaign fund. One obstacle Schwartz has to consider is Pennsylvania's historical record of never denying an incumbent governor election to a second term should he pursue re-election. “We’ve got to do all we can to defy history...It’s not going to be easy,” Schwartz commented on the prospect of reversing this pattern.[2]

So far, three other Democratic candidates - Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger, Cumberland County minister Max Myers, and York businessman Tom Wolf - have officially launched campaigns for governor, and the quartet could expand even further in the coming months, with Treasurer Rob McCord and former District 7 U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak still mulling over bids.[3][4][5]

Schwartz' entrance in the race for the gubernatorial nomination seals another hotly contested field looking forward to the 2014 Democratic primaries in Pennsylvania:

The imminent opening of Pennsylvania's 13th District seat in the U.S. House, to which Schwartz first won election in 2004, has already attracted a number of hopeful successors. Among the six Democratic candidates PoliticsPA highlighted as possible replacements to represent the state's only solidly blue congressional district, State Representative Brendan Boyle and State Senator Daylin Leach -- both of whom have launched campaigns[6] -- look like strong contenders.[7] In Boyle's case, the 13th Congressional District happens to encompass the entirety of the 107th legislative district, which he has represented since 2009, as well as the entire district of State Rep. Kevin Boyle, his brother. Upon Schwartz' announcement that she will seek the governorship, a staffer reportedly said that the outgoing Rep. has no plans to endorse any of the Democratic primary contenders vying to take over her seat in 2014.[1]

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