Call/Muhlenberg: It's still Wolf

Published by James O'Toole on .

The Allentown Morning Call and their partners at Muhlenberg College post a new survey that shows a persistent and comfortable lead for Tom Wolf in the race for the Democratic nomination for governor.

The survey of 417 likely Democratic voters found Mr. Wolf at 38 percent, followed by U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, 13 percent; state Treasurer Rob McCord, 11 percent; and former DEP Secretary Katie McGinty, 2 percent.  One third of the voters remained undecided.  With leaners, the results didn't change much: Wolf, 42; Schwartz, 16; McCord, 14; and McGinty, 3.

It's the first survey to come out since Ms. Schwarts and Mr. McCord began taking a more agressive tone toward the front-runner.  So far _ three weeks before the primary _ their criticisms haven't slowed the Wolf momentum.

"If he can hold this margin around 40 percent of the vote, it is mathematically a big challenge for those other candidates to be able to reach him," the poll's director, Muhlenberg political scientist Chris Borick told the Call. "That is why they are trying harder and harder to bring him back, to increase his negatives."


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