Early polls for governor's race show favor for deep pockets
Tom Wolf, the Pennsylvania candidate for governor with the deepest pockets, is beginning to show in early polls after a month of television ads.
Tom Wolf has contributed more to his own campaign than the total campaign assets of Tom Corbett, Allyson Schwartz and all other gubernatorial contenders—and it may have paid off, for now.
Wolf came out ahead of all other candidates in two polls released this week. However, the polls also showed that many remain undecided in these early months of campaigning.
A poll from Connecticut's Quinnipiac University reported that more than half of voters in Pennsylvania said that they support Wolf. A similar poll from Pennsylvania's Franklin and Marshall College showed that Wolf was outpacing the Democratic competition, but most Pennsylvania Democrats have not yet decided who to support in the governor's race.
Wolf has been running television ads for almost a month while other candidates have yet to launch their own. In the Franklin and Marshall poll, less than 10 percent of Democrats chose to show early support for Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, state Treasurer Rob McCord or former Department of Environmental Protection leader Katie McGinty.
Schwartz led in earlier polls before Wolf's television campaign began at the end of January. Since then, almost all of Democrats who reported seeing commercials for the race saw Wolf's, according to the Franklin and Marshall poll.
On the Republican side of the race, Governor Corbett's approval ratings remain low. According to the Quinnipiac University poll, just a third of Republicans said they'd re-elect the governor, less than previously reported.