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Campaign nuggets from Pennsylvania governor's race

Published:   |   Updated: August 30, 2014 at 04:05 AM

Here is some campaign fodder from the Pennsylvania governor's race:

DEBATES: Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf have agreed to square off in three debates: Sept. 22 at the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry dinner in Hershey; Oct. 1 at the "Breakfast with the Candidates" radio program aired from the Philadelphia studios of KYW Newsradio; and Oct. 8 at the studios of WTAE-TV in Wilkinsburg.

POLLING: Wolf's wide lead was apparent months before he won a four-way Democratic primary in May, and the former state revenue secretary has consistently outpolled Corbett. The latest independent survey, released Thursday by Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, showed Wolf with 49 percent of the vote, Corbett with 24 percent and 25 percent undecided.

VIPS: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, is expected to join Corbett at the Pennsylvania Republican Party's $100-a-ticket fall dinner on Sept. 26 in Camp Hill. There's no word yet on any VIPs visiting the state to stump for Wolf.

FUNDRAISING: Wolf had raised about $18 million and spent nearly $15 million, while Corbett had raised $16 million and spent $11 million as of June 9, the cutoff for the most recent campaign finance reports on file. The next round of reports is due Sept. 23.

WHAT PATTERN? If Wolf ousts Corbett after one term, it would interrupt an inexplicable 60-year pattern of voters alternating the Pennsylvania governorship between Democratic and Republican control every eight years. If Corbett wins, the pattern continues.

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