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Host: Scott LaMar

Smart Talk: Election is history -- now what?

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Nov 4, 2014 9:22 PM
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Governor-Elect Tom Wolf in WITF studio.

What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday, November 5, 2014:

History was made in Tuesday's election.  For the first time since Pennsylvania governors could run for a second four-year term, an incumbent governor has lost.

Republican Tom Corbett now holds that historical distinction as Democrat Tom Wolf defeated the governor handily.

According to an Associated Press exit poll, Corbett lost votes amongst men and women voters and all age and income groups.

Wolf won by promising more education funding that would be paid for in part by an extraction tax on natural gas drillers and a move away from Pennsylvania's flat income tax that would include higher tax rates for high earners and a smaller tax burden for those with low incomes.

Now that the campaign commercials and speeches are over, it's time to think about governing.

Wednesday's Smart Talk will put the election into context.  Joining us is Dr. G. Terry Madonna, Director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs, Professor of Public Affairs, and Director of the Franklin and Marshall College Poll.  

We would also like to hear your thoughts on the gubernatorial and other election as well.

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Dr. Terry Madonna

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  • Jim Foster img 2014-11-05 08:44

    For me, there is an inescapable conclusion in Corbett's loss to Wolf. Gov. Corbett is a very poor politician, regardless of what you think of his stands on the issues. 2014 was a huge Republican year, but Corbett lost and it wasn't close. I think he was a pretty good prosecutor, but those skills don't translate well to what is needed to be a good politician.

  • Dale img 2014-11-05 10:01

    If Dr. Madonna will answer questions posted here, I wonder about the following. Is there any way to know whether voters of one party or the other are more likely to split their ticket? If so, do you think that reflects on the parties' willingness or reluctance to cooperate with the other?

    • Scott LaMar img 2014-11-05 13:40

      I passed your question onto to Dr. Madonna. he said that Republicans -- those who are moderate suburban voters are more likely to split their tickets.

      • Dale img 2014-11-05 15:20

        Thank you.

  • Scott LaMar img 2014-11-05 13:44

    Nick asked...
    Hello Scott & Terry - did the proposed Williams pipeline crossing through western Lancaster County affect any of the races and the turnout

    • Scott LaMar img 2014-11-05 13:48

      Per Terry Madonna...
      Yes in Lancaster Co. for Pitt's opponent Houghton--keep Pitt's majority down--he still got 58% of vote.