HARRISBURG—Election Day is just over a month away and it appears the race for Governor is tightening up. A new poll showing Democrat Dan Onorato is making up some significant ground on Republican challenger Tom Corbett.
Just one week ago, a Quinnipiac poll showed now Attorney General, Tom Corbett, with a commanding 15 point lead in the race for the Governor's mansion. Well, that lead appears to have shrunk possibly giving new life to the Onorato campaign and suggesting this could be a race leading up to November.
The race for Governor is heating up as Election Day draws near. A new poll suggests the commanding lead for Republican Tom Corbett could be shrinking.
The poll, conducted by Franklin and Marshall College and released yesterday, shows Corbett with only a four point lead over Allegheny Executive Dan Onorato. That lead counts people who would likely vote in the November 2 election.
The four point difference is a huge swing from a week ago, when a Quinnipiac University poll showed Corbett with a commanding lead over Onorato, 54 to 39.
"Dan, often times will tell you half the story, not the full story," said Corbett during a debate in Hershey on Monday.
The two candidates sparred in Hershey on Monday during the first debate of the campaign. History certainly favors Republican Tom Corbett. For the past 64 years, Pennsylvania has switched parties in the Governor's mansion after an eight year run by an incumbent party.
Combine that history with some anti-Democratic feelings across the country and little interest in Philadelphia where Democrats have a stronghold, and the Republican is favored. Still, Onorato says Harrisburg needs a change and he is the man to do it.
"The biggest difference between the two of us is our resume. He talks about me being a career politician, ironically he's been in politics, longer than I have, going back to 88," Onorato said.
One of the most interesting statistics coming out of this F & M poll may be the amount of undecided voters. Nearly a third of people polled say they are still undecided about who will get their vote. Those undecided will probably be the key to victory for one of these candidates come November 2.