Another survey finds Democrat Tom Wolf with a substantial lead over Gov. Tom Corbett, but one that's short of the blowout proportions depicted in the initial post-primary polls.
The web site Keystone Report commissioned the automated survey by Magellan Strategies RB which reports that the GOP incumbent is trailing his challenger 50 percent to 38 percent. The survey of 1,214 likely voters was conducted July 30 and July 31. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.
The new numbers from the Republican leaning firm are roughly consistent with those in a CBS/New York Times survey released last week. The CBS/NYT survey was conducted by YouGov Surveys and based on a ithe responses of a preselected internet panel rather than a traditional random sample survey. Between its innovative methodology and the contrast in its fundings from earlier polls, it was tempting to view it as an outlier in assessments of the race. But the Magellan/Keystone results reinforce the notion that the margin has closed somewhat over the summer.