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PA-Gov: Tom Wolf Elected Governor

Tom-WolfTom Wolf, former CEO of his kitchen cabinet company and Secretary of Revenue, has been elected the 47th Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The Democratic nominee prevailed at the close of polls at 8.

Wolf’s star rose throughout year thanks to his engaging personal story, which involved running his successful family company, serving a stint in Peace Corps, and driving that ubiquitous Jeep.

Of course, the $10 million contribution to his campaign helped too.

Still, it appears to be quite a large and historic victory for the York County native.

Meanwhile, Tom Corbett becomes the first Governor in the history of PA to lose re-election. Since the 1968 Constitution allowed incumbents to run for a second term, five straights Governors had won re-election.

Gov. Corbett will continue to serve until January 2015, when Wolf will be sworn in.

Exit polls can be accessed here.

15 Responses

  1. for the same reason that in any lirbary books that are on the bottom shelves hardly ever get picked up .Its an amazing human trait , we don’t like to bend down . Ever passed by something on the floor of your room and every time you told yourself you’ll pick it up later ?

  2. Dear Governor Wolf:
    I am not worth a million dollars or run a million dollar company. My wife and I are on social security and a small pension from my wifes work. We can make ends meet and are able to take a vacation every year providing we watch our pennies.
    Now, I read that you want to tax all sorts of new items making life miserable for almost everyone. Apparently, you have never had to live paycheck to paycheck. The legislators have submitted a balanced budget including a large increase in education spending. Why this isn’t this good enough for you is at the very least perplexing.
    You were elected governor. NOT KING and NOT GOD. Stop the tax and spend attitude and just be a good governor.
    At this point I am sorry I voted for you. Needless to say, if you decide to run for another term without a change in direction, I will work diligently to have you not be re-elected..
    I am including my phone number in case you would like to discuss this matter in person. I would welcome the opportunity to sit down face to face with you.

    Sincerely, Michael J Wheeler (610) 670-0243

  3. I myself wasn’t born in pennsylvania but I knew about tom wolf in my home state minnesota and unlike the republicans and people that just don’t vote but love to b … and moan without truly knowing tom wolf.,so please wait and see before you attack the man because the reality is come january he will be the new governor whether the wealthiest, self centered, greedy that bring no jobs to the usa like it or not…

  4. Bob – try about $24,000 – that’s the average pension, as opposed to your rectal-based numbers. Nice job on the substantive objections; clearly your “vibe” is an objective, reality-based evaluation, just like your made-up pension figures and your thin-air, propaganda tax rates. What’s the word for that? Ah, right – truthiness, or as we used to call it, specious (at best) or bull (more likely).

  5. PA is going to learn what the rest of the country is coming around to know: an everday milktoast conservative is healthier than a flashy Bordeaux liberal since government’s role in the economy is strictly a supporting one, not the lead.

  6. ” I’m far less optimistic. The next two years are going to be a disaster for PA with an even stronger PA GOP and the GOP control of House/Senate at federal level.”-DD

    Also I am worried how much flesh Corbett will pound the next 3 months.

  7. You people wanted a Wolf in sheeps clothing and you got him. Congratulations. Maybe little Bobby Casey will have a new golf partner. But I don’t trust the man as far as I can throw him. He’s not MY governor. If I don’t like what he does, I won’t obey like the other sheep. He’ll be gone after one disatrous term. “There’s no fee unless we get money for you.”

  8. Dave-
    I’m far less optimistic. The next two years are going to be a disaster for PA with an even stronger PA GOP and the GOP control of House/Senate at federal level.

    We have to wait for 2016 and hope Hillary has coattails enough for federal and PA to regain Dem control.

  9. @Bob: First off, take your tin foil hat off for a minute and realize that Wolf will have to deal with a Republican controlled Legislature. The chances of some of his tax increases making it through are low. Besides, if Wolf can get a tax increase through the Legislature(doubtful), the only people seeing a tax increase will be the wealthiest Pennsylvanians (those who make over $90,000 a year). Wolf’s income tax increase will be very hard to make it past the GOP. People need to take their tin foil hats off and calm the heck down. It’s not the end of the world. Much of what Wolf wants to do will be difficult to get past the GOP. It all comes down to if he can govern and work with the GOP to get some work done. The next four years will be interesting but I am very optimistic and hopeful.

  10. The Penn State effect in Central PA is undeniable. Comparing 2010 to 2014 Corbett received 9% less of the vote state-wide. Yet in the most Republican counties in Central PA where people vote straight party Republican his percentage of the vote declined double digits in an election that Republicans are sweeping the other 49 states. Examples of how much Corbett was down in Republican central PA: Centre -12, Huntington -16, Union -15, Lancaster -13, Clinton -17, Jefferson -12, Blair -16, Juniata -12, Perry -12. Yet in the Philly , area and Western PA the drop is -5 to -8.

  11. Wolf just gives off that Jon Corzine vibe, just not too trustworthy. Anyhow, hang onto your wallets because you will be the one who pays for the 1 billion dollars that he claims Corbett stole from the poor teachers.

  12. I can see it now: Chris Martinez sitting at home in a fetal position and rocking back and forth saying “It …it cant be true!The polls said Corbit was gonna win a landslide!That’s how it’s supposed to be!”. Poor Chris. He won’t be the same. Or…he’ll completely deny it. I can’t wait to read his comments.

  13. Probably get a 2nd or 3rd job to help pay their new taxes. Somebody has to pay for those $65-$70k annual teacher pensions.

  • Understanding that basic education funding should/will be first, what should be the next highest priority for the General Assembly?

    • Raising The Minimum Wage (25%)
    • Legalizing Adult-Use Marijuana (24%)
    • None of the above. Something Else. (20%)
    • Economic Development (14%)
    • Higher Education (8%)
    • Public Transportation (8%)
    • Workforce Opportunities and Innovation (2%)

    Total Voters: 51

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