Corbett leads field of candidates

John O'Brien Dec. 14, 2009, 1:10pm


HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) - Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett would be victorious against any Democrat he faces in next year's governor's race, a poll released Monday shows.

Results of a poll conducted by Rasmussen Reports show Corbett's toughest competition would be state Auditor General Jack Wagner, though the Republican Corbett topped him 43 percent to 30 percent.

Rasmussen Reports says in every matchup, nearly 10 percent prefer another candidate and roughly 20 percent are undecided.

Corbett leads former Congressman Joe Hoeffell 48-26, Scranton Mayor Christopher Doherty 46-23 and Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato 44-28.

Current Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell can not run again because of term limits. His unpopularity -- 45 percent of those polled said they would be very likely to vote against him if he could run -- may hurt the four Democratic candidates, Rasmussen Reports says.

Other current state attorneys general planning to run for governor in 2010 are South Carolina's Henry McMaster, Georgia's Thurbert Baker, California's Jerry Brown, Florida's Bill McCollum, Rhode Island's Patrick Lynch, Oklahoma's Drew Edmondson and Michigan's Mike Cox.

Former Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell resigned his post earlier this year to concentrate on his gubernatorial campaign. He was victorious.

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