Polls show Wolf emerging from the pack

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Feb 26, 2014 12:39 PM
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(Lancaster) -- Two new polls show York County businessman and former state Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf claiming the early lead in the race for the Democratic nomination for governor.

Today's Franklin and Marshall College Poll shows Wolf leading the seven-person field with 36 percent support among Democratic voters. Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz is a distant second with 9 percent.

Poll Director Terry Madonna says Wolf's been able to boost his name recognition by advertising in every media markets.

"It's all about television," he says. "Two-thirds of the Democratic voters have seen a television commercial for the candidates for governor, and 88 percent of them indicate they've seen a commercial for Tom Wolf."

Madonna points out Wolf trails Schwartz slightly among those Democrats who have not seen any TV ads. He also notes nearly half of Democratic voters still haven't made a choice.

"It's still possible that as the campaign takes on intensity, and other candidates use commercials, that it could change the nature of this contest."

Today's Quinnipiac Poll places the Democratic candidates in hypothetical matchups with Republican Governor Tom Corbett.

The Democrats have an edge in every matchup polled, but it shows Wolf claiming the biggest lead in the pack. He's currently topping the incumbent governor 52-33 among registered voters.

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