No no, not that “Santorum,” but this Santorum. The one where Rick Santorum lost to Bob Casey by a 20 point margin in 2006, and with Robert Morris University’s latest poll, Tom Corbett is primed to be bounced out of office by a double-digit margin. The question now is by how much.
Democratic challenger Tom Wolf leads Republican Gov. Tom Corbett by 55.5 percent to 24.7 percent among likely voters in Pennsylvania, according to the Robert Morris University Polling Institute Powered by Trib Total Media.
The remaining undecided voters are mostly Republican, which demonstrates the lukewarm support Corbett enjoys even among his own party. “Simply put, there is no enthusiastic base of support for Governor Corbett to rely on come Election Day,” said Harold. The poll did reveal a potential strategy for Gov. Corbett: Tie Tom Wolf to President Obama. Among likely independent voters, one-third indicated they would be less likely to support Tom Wolf if President Obama campaigned for him. “In the last gubernatorial election independents were 23 percent of the electorate, according to the exit polls,” Harold said. “There are a lot of voters who would be turned off by a tight connection to the president.”
The RMU Polling Institute once again asked state voters whom they would support for president among both parties in 2016, a question it previously posed in February and May. In this latest poll, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the clear favorite among Democrats with 70 percent, followed by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts with 22.5 percent, who edged out Vice President Joe Biden, who had 21.4 percent support. Respondents were allowed to pick more than one candidate.