There’s a reason that Gov. Tom Corbett specifically targeted U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz for criticism during his campaign visit to Erie this week.
It’s early in the campaign, but Schwartz is one of the leading candidates for the Democratic nomination and the right to oppose Corbett on Nov. 4, 2014.
Harper Polling, a firm founded by Brock McCleary, formerly with the National Republican Congressional Committee, put out a new poll showing Schwartz, of Montgomery County, D-13th Dist., with 22 percent of the vote. Rival Katie McGinty, former state environmental protection secretary, was closest with 15 percent.
State Treasurer Rob McCord had 12 percent; John Hanger, former state environmental protection secretary, had 7 percent; Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski had 6 percent; and Tom Wolf, former Revenue Department secretary, had 5 percent.
Read the full poll here.
Two other candidates, May Myers, a former pastor from Mechanicsburg, and Jo Ellen Litz, a Lebanon County commissioner, were not included in the poll.
However, the poll of 649 Democrats likely to vote in the primary also showed that 34 percent weren’t sure who to pick, indicating the race is still wide open.
The poll was conducted Nov. 9-10.
– John Guerriero