Pa Gubernatorial Race Still Wide Open

12.02.13 | Bob Price

Political pundits in Pennsylvania say the race for governor is still wide open with six months to go until primary day. A new survey by the Pittsburgh “Tribune Review” gives the edge for the Democratic nomination to representative Allyson Schwartz and state Treasurer Rob McCord, but analysts warn it's too early to predict who will emerge from a batch of candidates to take on Republican Gov. Tom Corbett. The prospective field includes a pastor, a mayor, a county commissioner, three Cabinet members from the Rendell administration and possibly former state Auditor General Jack Wagner, who lost the Democratic primary for Pittsburgh mayor last spring. Pennsylvania's gubernatorial race “leans Democratic,” according to the University of Virginia's Center for Politics. The center's Crystal Ball publication called Corbett the most vulnerable governor up for re-election.  But he is fresh off what supporters consider a major victory with passage of one of his top priorities: a 2-point-3 billion dollar transportation funding bill.