On Friday, Roll Call changed the ratings for 12 Gubernatorial races, including the race in Pennsylvania.
Nathan Gonzales changed the race between incumbent Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and GOP challenger, Scott Wagner from “Leans Democratic” to “Likely Democratic.”
Out of the 12 ratings changes from the election analyst, 8 went in the favor of Democratic candidates, while 4 of them bring welcoming news to the Republican candidate.
“Governor Wolf is continuing to fight to change Harrisburg and move Pennsylvania forward,” said Karissa Hand, Wolf’s campaign Deputy Communications Director. “He will continue to focus on the issues that really matter to Pennsylvanians like making sure everyone has access to quality, affordable health care, more seniors have the opportunity to stay in their homes as they age, and expanding career and technical education and skills training.”
Inside Election rates each race on a scale from Solid, to Likely, to Lean, to Tilt, to Toss-up.
The Wagner campaign didn’t take much stock in the rating change and believe his message is connecting with voters in Pennsylvania.
“By holding 12 town hall meetings, over 550 total events and 153 media interviews in this year alone, Scott has been able to spread his message of protecting paychecks for hardworking Pennsylvanians to every corner of the commonwealth,” said Andrew Romeo, Wagner for Governor spokesman. “Despite what some out of touch beltway insiders might think, that steady message is resonating everywhere he goes on the trail.”
The Wagner camp also pegged Wolf for having a “non-existing campaign” and believe his “tax-hiking record” will benefit him on election day.
36 states are electing Governors in November.
Republicans currently control 33 Governorships, while the Democrats control 16, and 1 Governor is an Independent.
“At this point, Democrats are most likely to gain six to eight governorships this year,” said Gonzales. “But that range could change in the weeks ahead.”
Correction: The article was update to remove Rep. Lou Barletta’s name and replace it properly with Scott Wagner.