PA-Gov: Corbett Most Vulnerable of GOP’s 2010 Blue State Class

Governor-Tom-CorbettNationally, the gubernatorial landscape provides the most opportunities for Democrats and Governor Corbett ranks first among them.

MSNBC’s Up with Steve Kornacki, for instance, recently ranked the nine blue-state governors up for re-election on a scale from “safest” to “most vulnerable,” with Corbett chances featuring as the weakest of the crew.

Looking at voter trends since the 2008 presidential election, Kornacki along with NBC Senior Political Reporter Perry Bacon Jr. pulled no punches describing Corbett’s chances saying “Republican’s have all but conceded Tom Corbett as going to lose, there’s not a lot of efforts for him.”

The “Class of 2010” were elected during a strong midterm season for Republican’s throughout the nation, possibly due to different voter demographics. Up postulated that while minorities, women and young adults showed up to the polls in 2008 and 2012 in record numbers, they have decided to sit out smaller cycles.

Similarly, the Washington Post’s Dan Balz addressed the gubernatorial contests and the struggle of blue-state Republican Governors.

Anti-incumbent attitude and state specific issues rank as the top two reasons gubernatorial races are hard fought challenges. Specifically, unpopular cuts to education is mentioned as hampering the chances of many GOP governors, including Corbett.

“Pennsylvania’s Corbett may be the most endangered Republican governor, failing to make a connection with his voters,” Balz writes. “He is currently running far behind his Democratic challenger, businessman Tom Wolf, and isn’t likely to survive.”

September 29th, 2014 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Governor, Top Stories | 4 Comments

4 thoughts on “PA-Gov: Corbett Most Vulnerable of GOP’s 2010 Blue State Class”

  1. Hoofin says:

    Corbett tried to be a Southern governor, a Dixiecrat. As I like to say, Pennsylvania is the Northern state that tries to be a Southern one, and so fails at both.

  2. Basile says:

    M.R. it is 27,000 educators (nurses, librarians, Principals, etc.)not only teachers that lost there jobs.

    Forgot about these gaffs:
    While addressing the state’s dismal unemployment numbers in April, Corbett addressed the figures by saying that job applicants who couldn’t pass drug tests are “a serious problem” for Pennsylvania. “There are many employers that say, ‘we’re looking for people, but we can’t find anybody that has passed a drug test,’ a lot of them,” Corbett said during an interview on Radio PA’s “Ask the Governor” program. “And that’s a concern for me because we’re having a serious problem with that.”

    In his most recent gaffe, during a roundtable discussion hosted by Al Día, a Spanish-language newspaper in Philadelphia, Corbett suggested that he was unaware of any Latinos serving in his administration and told the attendees at The Union League of Pennsylvania, “if you can find us one, please let me know.”

  3. M. R. Birkos says:

    Millionaire Governor Corbett has been in the polls toilet, double digits behind every conceivable Democrat, since the summer of 2013 – and just grossly unpopular for a year before that.

    Nice recap from a year ago.

    http://www.msnbc.com/hardball/corbett-could-be-first-governor-lose-re-el

    Since then, we’ve dropped to 49th in job creation, 27,000 teachers have lost their jobs, state budget is hemorrhaging red ink, Moody’s and S&P have tanked PA’s credit rating, and we now know that AG Corbett sat on the grand jury vetted testimony of Sandusky’s first victim for an extra 8 months, until the day after the 2010 election. Now we learn that all these guys were looking at porn via 100s of emails among eight top staffers in Attorney General Corbett’s office.

  4. Basile says:

    “Looking at voter trends since the 2008 presidential election, Kornacki along with NBC Senior Political Reporter Perry Bacon Jr. pulled no punches describing Corbett’s chances saying “Republican’s have all but conceded Tom Corbett as going to lose, there’s not a lot of efforts for him.”

    WOWSVILL! I guess Pennsylvanians see through Corbett’s Walden’s Pond.

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