Washington Post columnist David Broder parachutes into Philly to cover the governor's race, and makes the important point that either Tom Corbett or Dan Onorato will hold a seat in January that makes national figures of its occupants, from Dick Thornburgh and Tom Ridge to Bob Casey Sr. and Ed Rendell.
But he also introduces Onorato with this:
Onorato, who was something of a surprise winner of the four-way Democratic primary and is now in his first statewide race, concentrated on African American street festivals in South and West Philly. While Democrats have a statewide registration edge of 1.2 million voters, Onorato, a lawyer-accountant from a big Italian family who talks a managerial brand of politics, is heavily dependent on others to gin up the turnout he needs in southeast Pennsylvania.
Wrong. Onorato led every poll leading up to the primary and led all the candidates (R and D) in fundraising early in the year before a late surge by Anthony Williams tapped him out. See the map below (and click for full version) to see how Onorato cleaned up in the primary despite Williams' Philadelphia base and auditor general Jack Wagner's statwide roots.
And the Italian thing? C'mon. Yes, he was from a family of five kids. Big deal.