Wolf holds polling lead among Pa. Democrats

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HARRISBURG (AP) – Tom Wolf is maintaining a large lead in the Democratic race for Pennsylvania governor, but there are more undecided voters, according to an independent statewide poll released Thursday.


The poll by Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster showed 46 percent of Democratic voters were still making up their minds. That is about what the same pollster found in a late February survey.


Wolf, a York County businessman whose largely-self-funded campaign has been airing nonstop TV ads since late January, claimed 33 percent of the voters surveyed. U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz of Montgomery County had 7 percent, state Treasurer Rob McCord of Montgomery County had 6 percent and former state environmental protection secretary Katie McGinty of Chester County had 4 percent.


The poll revealed a growing number of voters are noticing the TV ads aired by Wolf, McCord and McGinty. Seventy-one percent of Democratic voters said they had seen a commercial for governor, up slightly from the February poll. Schwartz has yet to air a TV ad.


Education was cited most frequently as an issue registered Democratic Party voters said they would consider in choosing a nominee. That was followed by the economy, according to the poll.


The poll results do not include questions about Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, who is seeking a second four-year term and is being challenged in the primary by suburban Philadelphia businessman Bob Guzzardi.


The primary election is May 20.


Franklin & Marshall’s telephone survey of 524 registered Democratic voters was conducted between March 25 and 31. The poll’s margin of sampling error was plus or minus 4.3 percentage points.


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