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Election-driven news and views . . . by Jim Geraghty.

Democrats, Still Looking for a Friend in Pennsylvania



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Look at the bright side, House Democrats from Pennsylvania. In mid-November, when you’re lamenting your defeat, you can reassure yourself that it wasn’t your fault, it was the terrible, terrible top-of-the-ticket candidates your party nominated.

It won’t be true, of course, but I’ll bet that thought will be reassuring to the soon-to-be-forcibly-retired. Quinnipiac informs us this morning:

Republican Attorney General Tom Corbett holds a 54 – 39 percent lead over Democrat Dan Onorato, the Allegheny County Executive, in the race to become Pennsylvania’s next governor, fueled by a 56 – 29 percent margin among independent voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll of likely voters released today.

Corbett also leads Onorato when it comes to rebuilding the state’s economy, handling its budget problems and sharing voters’ values, the independent Quinnipiac University survey, conducted by live interviewers, finds.  This is the first general election survey of likely voters in Pennsylvania in this election cycle and cannot be compared to earlier surveys of registered voters.

Pennsylvanians may lament the condition that Gov. Ed Rendell is leaving his state in, but at least he’s inflicting comparable damage to his party there.


Tags: Dan Onorato , Tom Corbett


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