HARRISBURG, Pa. (KDKA/AP) – It’s primary election day in Pennsylvania and in the marquee race, Democratic voters will choose their nominee for governor.
Businessman Tom Wolf is considered the front-runner after having poured $10 million of his own money into an ad campaign. His rivals are U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, state Treasurer Rob McCord and former state environmental protection secretary Katie McGinty.
The Democratic nominee takes on Republican Gov. Tom Corbett in the Nov. 4 election.
There also is a five-way race for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor.
Corbett and Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley are unopposed on the GOP side.
Corbett reiterated his opposition to raising taxes on the booming natural gas industry as he prepares to find out which Democrat will get the party’s nod to challenge him.
Corbett made the comments Monday morning during an interview on WPHT-AM radio in Philadelphia.
The four Democrats running for governor are proposing to raise taxes on the natural gas industry to help pump more money into education.
But Corbett suggests it’s not right to single out one industry to tax it and accuses Democrats of not liking the free enterprise system. He says they want to punish people who are making money and make them pay for everything.
KDKA Political Expert Jon Delano joined Larry Richert and John Shumway on KDKA Radio to preview the Pa. Primary. Delano says that in this particular election even though it is important, voter turnout is expected to be low.
“We suspect somewhere between 75 to 80 percent of both Democrats and Republicans will stay home and not vote in today’s primary,” Delano said.
After hearing some clips of a majority of people saying they were going to stay away from the polls, Delano says he isn’t surprised that voters aren’t excited.
While there are battles for state house seats, “in pockets” throughout the state, Delano says the most important race is for governor.
“A lot of people have made up their mind. They either like Corbett or they don’t like Corbett. The time to vote [for them] will be in November not in May,” Delano said.
Pennsylvania voters will choose party nominees for all seats in the U.S. House and for all state House seats and half of the 50 state Senate seats.
Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
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