Final Democratic gubernatorial debate tonight

Written by The Associated Press | May 12, 2014 5:05 AM
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(Philadelphia) -- The four Democrats seeking the party's nomination to take on Republican Governor Tom Corbett in the fall will meet for their last scheduled debate.

Tonight's hour-long debate is at Drexel University at 7:00 p.m. 

York County businessman and first-time candidate Tom Wolf has carried a strong lead in polls after airing daily campaign ads on TV long before state Treasurer Rob McCord, former Clinton White House environmental adviser Katie McGinty and Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz.

Wolf's outspent his nearest competitor by millions, thanks to his personal wealth. Every Pennsylvania governor since 1974 has won a second term, but Corbett's political support remains stubbornly low.

Drexel says 22 radio and TV stations are carrying the debate live. It's also being streamed live on Drexel's website.  You can hear it on WITF 89.5 and 93.3 or watch it on WITF-TV

The primary election is May 20th.

Meantime, Wolf has been endorsed by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

In an editorial, the newspaper says the Democratic primary is ``not really about issues, at least not among the four contenders.''

Rather, the newspaper picked the midstate man because of his background and professional resume over McCord, McGinty, and Schwartz.

Wolf's experience as state revenue secretary under former Governor Ed Rendell, "along with his perspective as a business owner, gives him a ground-level understanding of the state's tax code." That, the newspaper says, helps set Wolf apart from the other Democrats who generally agree on policies, except for some details. 

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