PA-Gov: Sabato’s Crystal Ball Says PA Leans Democrat

Tom-Corbett-upsetLarry Sabato’s Crystal Ball of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics released today its latest predictions for the 36 gubernatorial races happening in November.

The writers see Pennsylvania as leaning towards flipping from Republican to Democrat.

“Only the powers of incumbency and the Keystone State’s tradition of consistently giving the incumbent party eight years of control before shifting parties is keeping first-term Gov. Tom Corbett (R) at a Leans Democratic rating,” claim Sabato and his cohorts. “That may be too generous to the incumbent. Corbett is in deep, deep danger of losing to Tom Wolf (D), a wealthy businessman and former state official.”

In explaining why gubernatorial races are often difficult to predict based on the state’s previous party voting record and and why states often flip back and forth between Democratic and Republican governors in the midst of such growing partisanship, Sabato claims that voters see congressional representatives as “talking and voting” while they see governors as “acting and achieving.”

“Many voters seem to apply a state-based slant to the gubernatorial questions they pose: ‘Has my governor made tangible accomplishments during his or her time in office? Do I feel comfortable with his or her leadership style and executive record? Is my state moving in the right direction or not?’ Thus, a skillful governor might be able to get beyond pure party labelling by means of bricks-and-mortar successes.”

This theory seems to work inversely as well, as very few voters, across party lines, believe that Corbett has performed well enough to deserve reelection. In addition, Wolf claims more Republicans than Corbett does Democrats, showing a willingness to cross party lines only if voters believe the incumbent has or has not “acted and achieved.”

Regardless of this anomaly, the Crystal Ball believes that while party shifts will occur in some states, the overall count throughout the country will remain about the same.

July 31st, 2014 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Governor, Top Stories | 7 Comments

7 thoughts on “PA-Gov: Sabato’s Crystal Ball Says PA Leans Democrat”

  1. mike what you are taking about, I aint bein funny or nothing like that Im just sayin what the rule is in penna that the r’s get 8 yrs and then the d’s get 8 yrs. like that.

  2. mike says:

    Chris your really funny man! Keep it up!

  3. Isik I aint unnerstan what your askin bout me schedule. I got lots to do ever day at work and I doin it everday hear at work and I think guveonro corbit gonna win in land slide.

  4. Carl says:

    yeah the whole “look at me im a dumb corbett supporter” troll was good for a few posts but now its as amusing and clever as “acting governor brabender”

  5. Isaac L. says:

    Martinez – your boor shtick is boring. Do you really not have anything better to do?

  6. lary sato aint able to decide who gonna win the govenoers race becuz he know it gonna be the guy who been the guvenors for the last for years and tht guy is guveonro corbitt and corbitt is gonna win again not cuz john wolfe a bad candyate but cuz in penna the way it works is guvs are aloud 8 yrs and then the other party gets to take over.

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