In an article written by National Journal political editor Josh Kraushaar identifying what he considers to be the highlights of the 2014 election cycle thus far, Kraushaar had some less than confident words for the incumbent Governor.
Along side such “Against the Grain” awards as “most disappointing candidate” and “worst ad,” Corbett received what could arguably be the worst award possible: Dead Man Walking.
Kraushaar highlighted the fact that a Franklin and Marshall poll released earlier this month indicated that Corbett is currently trailing Democratic challenger Tom Wolf 47% to 25%, a 22 point margin. The poll also showed that only 26% believe Corbett has performed sufficiently well to deserve re-election and that he is unlikely to find support outside his base as only 8% of Democrats and 16% of independent voters believe he deserves re-election. His numbers among Republicans did rise to 53%, which, according to the F&M Poll, is an improvement from previous numbers.
Just 55% of his own party’s voters, though, support his reelection.
The National Journal piece pointed out that while other vulnerable incumbent GOP governors, like Florida’s Rick Scott and Michigan’s Rick Snyder, have seen their approval ratings rebound, Gov. Corbett’s have not been as helpful.
“The biggest question remaining for the governor is if he’ll be able to surpass Santorum’s reelection mark of 41 percent in 2006—one of the lowest totals for any incumbent not plagued by scandal,” Kraushaar wrote.
Gov. Corbett was not completely only in this category as Kraushaar extended honorable mentions to Representative Michael Grimm of New York (he of reporter threatening fame), Representative Kerry Bentivolio of Michigan, and Senator John Walsh of Montana.