Wolf out raises his opponents and sees a shift in his rating, Reschenthaler learns a new playbook, and southeast Republicans get a bleak outlook for 2018. See who made this week’s Ups & Downs!
Tom Wolf. Governor Tom Wolf outraised his three GOP rivals in the first quarter and leads all in cash on hand with $14.7 million. That combined with recent poll results have lead to Sabato’s Crystal Ball updating the Wolf’s seat to ‘likely Democratic.’
Guy Reschenthaler. It looks like at least one Republican learned some lessons from Conor Lamb’s upset win in the 18th Congressional district. In his first ad of the campaign, state Sen. Guy Reschenthaler didn’t go after his opponent, state Rep. Rick Saccone, and instead told his own story about being a veteran and from the community.
Southeast Republicans. The two most vulnerable seats, rated has ‘highly vulnerable,’ in our updated ratings are southeast seats formerly held by Republicans that are likely to flip to Democratic control in the midterms.
Tom Marino and Lloyd Smucker. Congressmen Tom Marino and Lloyd Smucker saw themselves shift to ‘no longer vulnerable’ in our updated ratings for this year’s midterm election, partially because of favorable maps for the two Republican incumbents.
John Green. Former Philadelphia Sheriff John Green was found not guilty on every count of a federal corruption case.
Villanova. Villanova’s Men’s Basketball team won the national championship for the second time in three years, bringing Philadelphia its second championship this year.
Bonus Up/Down: Every week, PoliticsPA will be including a bonus up or down, that is exclusive to Playbook email subscribers. To sign up to see the bonus arrow click here.
The tweet of the week goes to Johnstown Tribune-Democrat reporter Dave Sutor for his response to campaign email subject lines.
Seems like more and more campaign fundraising emails start with these kinda attention-grabbing subject lines. With all the nonsense I do in my life, I don’t need to see anything telling me “look what you did” because my completely understandable reaction is “uh-oh, busted.” pic.twitter.com/QSjvGace03
— Dave Sutor (@Dave_Sutor) April 5, 2018