Polls, endorsements and media buys run this list as the last days before the primary wind down. See who all made the list.
Tom Wolf. Polls from Franklin & Marshall and Harper both reinstated Wolf’s frontrunner status and showed him with a nearly insurmountable lead just days before the primary election. He led by double digits in each poll, with margins consistent across demographic and geographic crosstabs. Despite all of the negative advertising and campaigning that has been waged against him, his favorability ratings increased and according to F&M, those who support him are solid in their support. In addition to the positive polling, Senator Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) and former Governor Mark Singel both endorsed Wolf this week.
Mark Critz. This was a tough week for the former Congressman. He gained just two points in the newest poll for the Lt. Gov. race and was still in second place after big-name competitor Jay Paterno dropped out of the race. He had to cancel a $183,000 media buy for reasons still unknown and three progressive organizations have joined together in a triple anti endorsement to keep Critz off of the Democratic ticket in the fall.
Mike Stack. In the newest Harper Poll, Stack made the largest gains and now leads the pack with 20%, though his closest challenger, Mark Critz, is a mere two points behind him. However, Stack is in the midst of a major ad buy with decent saturation across several markets that he will continue through election day. It will be tough to combat him on the airwaves as no other candidate can afford to get close to the size of his buy. And not only is he winning in polling and in airtime, he also unveiled oodles of endorsements: 72 labor endorsements, to be exact.
Kevin Strouse. Strouse, who hopes to face Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks) in the fall, waltzed into a bit of an embarrassing issue this week when a long article in The Philadelphia Inquirer revealed a circle of parental donations to congressional candidates across the country. In congressional races, individuals are not able to contribute more than $2,600 for each the primary and general, maxing out at $5,200 each, or $10,400 per couple. Strouse’s parents appear to have consorted with three other sets of wealthy parents with children running for Congress to sort of skirt this rule. Each set of parents have $10,400 to the children of the other parents in exchange for $10,400 to their own child. While this is not illegal, it certainly doesn’t look good, nor does it portray Strouse as the everyman running for office. Adding insult to injury, Former Governor Ed Rendell endorsed Shaughnessy Naughton in her primary battle against Kevin Strouse.
Valerie Arkoosh. The first time candidate in the field for PA-13 won a handful of important endorsements this week, including the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Tribune and AFSCME District Council 47. Each major endorsement is a coup for Arkoosh who is battling against three better-known competitors to win the Democratic nomination in the congressional district from which Allyson Schwartz is retiring.
Tweet of the week goes to North Side Leadership Conference of Pittsburgh for succinctly capturing the thoughts of all Western Pennsylvanians.
Can we look on the bright side of the Pens loss? At least @billpeduto can shave that playoff beard.
— NSLC (@PGHNorthside) May 14, 2014