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Wolf Holds Clear Lead in Democratic Race for Governor

Poll shows Wolf holding lead in Pa. Dem gov race



    Wolf Holds Clear Lead in Democratic Race for Governor
    York businessman Tom Wolf during a Democratic gubernatorial candidates forum Tuesday Feb. 4, 2014 in Philadelphia.

    Tom Wolf is maintaining a large lead in the Democratic race for Pennsylvania governor, but there are more undecided voters, according to an independent statewide poll released Thursday.

    The poll by Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster showed that 46 percent of Democratic voters were still making up their minds. That is about what the same pollster found in a late February survey.

    Wolf, a York County businessman whose largely-self-funded campaign has been airing nonstop TV ads since late January, claimed 33 percent of the voters surveyed. U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz of Montgomery County had 7 percent, state Treasurer Rob McCord of Montgomery County had 6 percent and former state environmental protection secretary Katie McGinty of Chester County had 4 percent.

    The poll revealed that a growing number of voters are noticing the TV ads aired by Wolf, McCord and McGinty. Seventy-one percent of Democratic voters said they had seen a commercial for governor, up slightly from the February poll. Schwartz has yet to air a TV ad.

    Education was cited most frequently as an issue registered Democratic Party voters said they would consider in choosing a nominee. That was followed by the economy, according to the poll.

    The poll results do not include questions about Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, who is seeking a second four-year term and is being challenged in the primary by suburban Philadelphia businessman Bob Guzzardi. The primary election is May 20.

    Franklin & Marshall's telephone survey of 524 registered Democratic voters was conducted between March 25 and 31. The poll's margin of sampling error was plus or minus 4.3 percentage points.