Based on a look at approval ratings for governors around the country, New York Times numbers guru Nate Silver ranked Gov. Tom Corbett the 5th most vulnerable Governor in 2014.
His list relies only on recent polls measuring approval rating and not on other factors like potential opponents and cash on hand.
Other than the top two – Lincoln Chafee (I) of Rhode Island and Pat Quinn (D) of Illinois – “the remaining eight governors with net negative job approval ratings are Republicans, including four who rode the Tea Party wave to power in blue and purple states in 2010 and now appear to be in some danger: Gov. Rick Scott of Florida, Gov. Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania, Gov. Paul LePage of Maine and Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan.”
Scott is number three, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is fourth, and Corbett fifth.
But the fortunes of Corbett and other GOP governors could improve as the economy does, Silver wrote.
A number of Democrats are eager to challenge Corbett, whose numbers have been on a downward trend in recent months. The most recent candidates to declare are Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz and former Pa. Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf.