Pennsylvania’s GOP Governor In Big Trouble For Re-Election
Tom Corbett was among the many Republican Governors elected in 2010 along with the wave that swept the GOP into power in the House of Representatives, but it’s looking more and more like he’s going to have trouble holding onto his seat:
Pennsylvania governors typically encounter trouble in their first terms and the polls reflect that with dipping popularity.
It happened to Gov. Tom Ridge, a Republican, in the late 1990s.
It happened to Gov. Ed Rendell, a Democrat, in the mid-2000s.
Ridge and Rendell recovered, posting popularity numbers above 50 percent by the time they ran successfully for re-election.
A Daily News/Franklin & Marshall College Poll being released today tells a different story for Gov. Corbett, a Republican up for re-election next year.
Corbett’s poll numbers continue to drop precipitously.
Just one in five registered voters think Corbett, who faces challengers from his own political party but no primary-election opponent, deserves a second term.
It comes as little surprise that just 7 percent of Democrats want a second term for Corbett.
It’s a problem for Corbett that just 22 percent of independents want him re-elected.
It is potentially disastrous that just 38 percent of Republican voters support his re-election.
Corbett is one of a number of Republican Governors up for re-election next year who are facing trouble. Others on the list include Rick Scott from Florida, Rick Snyder from Michigan, and Paul LePage from Maine.