Update: PoliticsPA has obtained a copy of the Governor’s schedule of campaign events, below.
Governor Corbett will confirm the worst-kept secret in Pennsylvania politics on Wednesday. He’s running for reelection.
Despite low approval ratings and rumors of primary challengers, the sitting governor will launch his reelection campaign next week in Pittsburgh at the Heinz History Center. The following day, he will appear in Philadelphia for another reelection stump speech.
Following the Philadelphia announcement, Republican officials say the governor has a two day tour planned for the southeastern Pa. region.
While he does have the incumbency advantage, he will likely face an uphill battle even within his own party. This week Franklin & Marshall found just 1 in 5 registered voters thinks Corbett deserves re-election, or believes he is doing a good or excellent job. The biggest sting? By 2 points, 44% to 42%, Republican voters think he should step aside rather than run in 2014.
There is some good news for Corbett, his health care proposal is very popular. His alternate proposal to accepting a Medicaid expansion under Obamacare, uses private sector insurance companies to expand health care for the poor along with adding a requirement that recipients be seeking a job, is even more popular. 72% of respondents support Corbett’s version versus just 18% who oppose it.
The Democrats have painted the governor as a sitting duck, and many are lining up to replace him including Allyson Schwartz, Rob McCord, John Hanger, Tom Wolf, Ed Pawlowski, Katie McGinty, Max Myers and Jo Ellen Litz.
Here is the full schedule: