New Polls Show Growing Momentum for Dan Onorato as Election Nears
Franklin & Marshall College Poll puts gubernatorial race within margin of error
PITTSBURGH: Voters are increasingly responding to Democratic gubernatorial nominee Dan Onorato’s experience and plans for growing the economy and reforming Harrisburg, with another major poll showing that as Pennsylvanians begin to focus on the election, Onorato’s support is growing while Harrisburg Republican Tom Corbett’s lead is vanishing.
The Franklin & Marshall College Poll released today put the race at 41% to 37% among likely voters – a 4-point gap – with 19% undecided. The margin of error is 4.7%. The poll shows a major tightening, with the last month’s F&M Poll indicating an 11-point gap between Onorato and Corbett.
Earlier this week, a survey by Susquehanna Polling & Research showed a 6-point gap in the race – compared to a 15-point difference in that firm’s March poll.
A Suffolk University Poll released today similarly showed the race at 7 points.
“It’s no surprise that Dan’s campaign is showing momentum as voters get to know Dan and learn about his record growing the economy and making government work for the taxpayers,” said Onorato Communications Director Brian Herman. “Voters understand that Dan Onorato is going to make the tough decisions to get Pennsylvania back on track, while Harrisburg Republican Tom Corbett is just telling audiences what they want to hear.
“Pennsylvania needs leadership and change, and it’s clear that Dan Onorato is the only candidate who can deliver.”
A life-long Pennsylvanian, Dan Onorato was raised in a working class neighborhood on Pittsburgh’s North Side. He graduated college from Penn State and received his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Onorato has served as Allegheny County Executive since 2004 and was unopposed for re-election in 2007. Prior to being elected County Executive, Onorato served as Allegheny County Controller and a Pittsburgh City Councilman. Dan and his wife Shelly reside in the Brighton Heights neighborhood of Pittsburgh with their three children.
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