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Democratic candidates for Pennsylvania governor face off in debate

By Meghan Packer, Reporter, MPacker@wfmz.com
Published On: Feb 28 2014 09:07:13 PM CST
Updated On: Mar 06 2014 06:06:13 PM CST

Democrats hoping to take on Republican Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett went head to head in a debate Friday.

HARRISBURG, Pa. -

Democrats hoping to take on Republican Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett went head to head in a debate Friday.

Six of the seven Democrats running for governor shared a stage for the two-hour debate in Harrisburg.

"I think the big thing about the Democratic candidates is that they are about 85 to 90 percent on the same page," said Terry Madonna, the director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College as well as the director of the Franklin and Marshall College Poll.

"They have some differences but these aren't exactly on issues the voters are likely to make a vote choice decision about," he added.

A Franklin and Marshall College poll of registered Democrats released this week shows York businessman Tom Wolf has the most support at 36 percent. The other six candidates are below ten-percent.

"I don't think there's any doubt that Tom Wolf's commercials, some 1,800 of them in four television markets across the state, have made a difference," said Madonna.

In the poll, 48 percent of registered Democrats say they are still undecided.

"If you're one of the other six candidates, I think you've got to get on television, you've got to tell a story that folks believe," said Madonna. "The difficulty that the other candidates have is they may be known in a very small part of the state but not throughout the commonwealth as a whole."

A Quinnipiac University poll also released this week said Wolf leads Republican Gov. Tom Corbett 52 to 33 percent.