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Revision as of 12:51, 15 January 2014


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 is one of 12 states to use a strictly closed primary process, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.[1][2][3]


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.

General election candidates

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Race background

There are 36 states holding regularly scheduled gubernatorial elections in 2014 and there are 5-10 seats considered most likely to face partisan switch, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett among them. He was moved into to the top slot on the Washington Post's "endangered" 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.

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.[33] Their reports reflect the Republican governor's increasingly weak position heading into the 2014 election season, when his abysmal job approval ratings will finally be put to the test by state Democrats, fired-up for an ousting after years under a Republican trifecta.[34]

Early polling and candidates

A July 2013 survey taken by Harper Polling showed that just under a quarter of state residents thought Corbett deserves to be elected again in 2014.[35] 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.[36] The Quinnipiac poll showed Schwartz beating Corbett by a whopping 10 points. These were even better numbers than had been revealed in a similar survey conducted previously by Public Opinion Strategies, a Republican-aligned firm.[37]

Back in April 2013, Schwartz was already looking especially threatening due to 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.[38]

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 - formally launched 2014 campaigns for governor. Three other potential Democratic candidates were 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.[39][23][40][41]

Republican primary

Two Republicans have also been mentioned as potential primary opponents of Governor Corbett: former radio announcer Tom Lineaweaver and conservative activist Bob Guzzardi.[42][43] Guzzardi filed for the Republican primary and initially survived a challenge to his campaign's signatures after the Republican Party of Pennsylvania tried to get him disqualified.[44] However, on appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Guzzardi was ordered stricken from the ballot on a technicality. The majority on the court found that Guzzardi had failed to "meet a deadline for filing a statement of financial interests" with the State Ethics Commission and his campaign filing therefore "possessed a 'fatal defect.'"[45] Two justices dissented, citing the lower court's finding that Guzzardi had filed the proper forms with the Pennsylvania Department of State and had been told by an employee there that he did not need to also file with the State Ethics Board.[45][46]

I agree with the Commonwealth Court that what occurred here was a breakdown in the administrative process. To strike this candidate's name from the ballot is akin to denying candidates their right to appear on the ballot under circumstances where there was some accident or natural disaster preventing candidates from entering the filing office.[47]

—Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Max Baer, In Re: Nom. Pet. of Robert Guzzardi Dissenting Statement

Democratic primary

See also: Pennsylvania Gubernatorial election, 2014#Primary election results

Businessman Tom Wolf took the Democratic primary by storm, spending on early campaign ads and taking an early lead that proved unsurpassed by the other candidates. This was an upset for early favorite Allyson Schwartz, who finished a distant second.

Third party candidates

Green Party candidate Paul Glover and Libertarian Party candidate Ken Krawchuk failed to get on to the November general election ballot after failing to collect the 17,000 required signatures.[48] Referencing the perceived lack of options on the ballot that this produced, Republican-turned-Independent Tom Lineaweaver declared a write-in campaign.[49] Lineaweaver had previously been considered a possible Republican primary challenger to Corbett.


Hypothetical match-up

Quinnipiac University Poll: Pennsylvania Governor's Race
December 11-16, 2013
ResponseRob McCord (D)Allyson Schwartz (D)Tom Wolf (D)
Percent of the vote424544
Tom Corbett (R) percent of the vote393737
Number polled 1,061
Margin of error +/-3%

Quinnipiac University Poll: Pennsylvania Governor's Race
April 19-24, 2013
ResponseRob McCord (D)Allyson Schwartz (D)Joe Sestak (D)
Percent of the vote444748
Tom Corbett (R) percent of the vote353434
Number polled 1,235
Margin of error +/-2.8%


Governor of Pennsylvania - Democratic Primary
Poll Allyson Schwartz Kate McGintyRob McCordJohn HangerEd PawlowskiTom WolfNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Harper Polling
November 9-10, 2013
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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  2. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  3. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  4. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2013-2014 Gubernatorial Races," March 11, 2013
  5. The Associated Press, "AP: Ex-revenue chief Tom Wolf running for Pa. gov," April 2, 2013
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  16. 16.0 16.1 The Morning Call, "Qpoll: Pawlowski, Sestak top potential Dem challengers against Corbett," March 13, 2013
  17. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Allentown mayor runs for governor in 2014," September 8, 2013
  18. Lehigh Valley Live, "Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski officially pulls out of governor's race, citing lack of money," February 4, 2014
  19. PoliticsPA, "Exclusive: Conklin Joins Dem Gov-Stakes," March 26, 2013
  20. Centre Daily Times, "Rep. Scott Conklin won’t run for Pennsylvania governor," March 11, 2014
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  22. Centre Daily Times, "Pa. filings leave Corbett facing new challenge," March 12, 2014
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 PoliticsPA, "Exclusive: McGinty to Launch Guv Exploratory Committee," March 18, 2013
  24. Trib-Live, Wagner mulls gubernatorial run, August 17, 2013]
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  28. PoliticsPA, "State Sen. Stack Passes on Guv Run, Seeks LG Instead," October 17, 2013
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  32. Governing Politics, "2013-2014 Governor's Races: Who's Vulnerable?," December 12, 2012
  33. The New York Times, "Which Governors Are Most Vulnerable in 2014?," April 8, 2013
  34. The Washington Post, "Tom Corbett is the most endangered governor in the country," July 12, 2013
  35. Harper Polling, "Pennsylvania Poll: State Budget & Corbett Re-election," July 1-2, 2013
  36. 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
  37. Public Opinion Strategies via the Philadelphia City Paper "Pennsylvania Statewide/Philadelphia Suburbs Poll," April 30-May 2, 2013
  39. Philadelphia Inquirer, "State Treasurer Rob McCord launches PAC for governors race," July 11, 2013
  40. The Associated Press, "AP: Ex-revenue chief Tom Wolf running for Pa. gov," April 2, 2013
  41. Lebanon Daily News, "Litz to announce run for governor July 2," June 18, 2013
  42. Facebook, "Tom Lineaweaver for Governor of PA," accessed September 2, 2013
  43. The Republic, "Conservative activist Bob Guzzardi says he aims to challenge Corbett in Pa. GOP primary," Decamber 31, 2013
  44. TribLive, "Judge says Corbett primary challenger can stay on ballot, appeal planned," April 16, 2014
  45. 45.0 45.1 PennLive, "Pa. Supreme Court ousts Guzzardi from GOP ballot in governor's race," May 1, 2014
  46. PennLive, "Corbett challenger Robert Guzzardi will stay on Republican primary ballot," April 15, 2014
  47. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  48. Lewistown Sentinel, "Third-party hopefuls abandon bids for Pa. governor," August 1, 2014
  49. Son of David Forums: Write In The Right Tom, "Why I Want To Be Governor," accessed August 8, 2014