Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz leads the primary race to challenge Governor Corbett next year according to a poll released this morning by Harper Polling.
In a hypothetical 6-way primary, Schwartz took 22%, Katie McGinty 15%, Rob McCord 12%, John Hanger 7%, Ed Pawlowski 6% and Tom Wolf fell to last, at 5%. 34% remain undecided.
Schwartz is strongest in her southeast Pa. home base, where she takes 45% of the vote (Hanger is second with 9%). McGinty and McCord each takes 7% of the SEPA vote, despite the fact that both candidates reside there.
McGinty enjoys small leads in 3 other regions tested: South Central (McGinty 21%, McCord 16%); Northern Tier (McGinty 24%, McCord 14%); and Pittsburgh/Southwest (McGinty 20%, McCord 19%). She and Pawlowski are tied at 14% in Scranton/Lehigh Valley.
Wolf and Hanger take just 11% and 5% of their home region of South Central.
Schwartz’s strength comes from name ID. 43% of respondents had an opinion about her, versus 27% for McCord, 23% for McGinty, 22% for Hanger and Wolf, and 19% for Pawlowski.
Schwartz is viewed favorably 32% to 11%.
The Montgomery County Congresswoman has lead in every independent poll of the primary thus far.
Respondents also said which issue most concerns them. 34% said jobs and the economy, 20% said health care and 16% said school funding.
Full crosstabs are here.
Harper Polling, a Republican firm based in Harrisburg, surveyed 649 primary-voting Democratic voters via interactive voice response (IVR) on Nov. 9 and 10. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.85%.
McGinty and Hanger are former DEP Secretaries, McCord is State Treasurer, Pawlowski is the current mayor of Allentown, and Wolf is the former Secretary of Revenue.
Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz and Cumberland County Pastor Max Myers are also running for Governor. Former Auditor General Jack Wagner is considering a bid.