GOP U.S. Senate hopeful Tom Smith could give Gov. Tom Corbett a run for his money in a primary according to today’s poll from Public Policy Polling. But he won’t, a spokesman says.
The PPP survey showed Corbett ahead of Smith just 37% to 33% among 373 likely GOP primary voters.
“These findings come as no surprise as Tom has built lasting good will with conservatives both in Pennsylvania and across the nation. However, Tom has no plans to run for governor,” said Jim Conroy, Smith’s 2012 Campaign Manager.
“His energy and resources are today focused on advocating for conservative causes, limited government and freedom in the workplace. Rest assured, Tom is committed to ensuring Republicans retain the Governor’s office in 2014.”
Other sources close to Smith say the Armstrong County businessman and former coal company owner is likely to back Corbett if the Governor does face a primary challenger, such as Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce Castor.
Corbett lead Castor 43% to 23% in the same poll.
Smith won a five-way GOP primary in 2012 but lost to Sen. Bob Casey by 9 points in November. He has a long history as a Republican activist and donor. He co-founded a local tea party group in 2009 and contributed $24,500 to Corbett in 2010.