PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) — Incumbent Governor Tom Corbett and Democrat challenger Tom Wolf ended their campaigns with rallies in the Pittsburgh area tonight.
Addressing a crowd of several hundred supporters in Coraopolis, Corbett kept hammered away on taxes, saying Wolf wants “to spend more and more of your money” in higher taxes.READ MORE: Mr. Tree In North Park Gets A Holiday Makeover
When asked about polls that have consistently showed him trailing Wolf, Corbett predicted he’d win another four-year term.
Corbett told his supporters “with your help, we’re going to win tomorrow night, and we’re going to surprise all of a Pennsylvania.”
Several hours earlier, at the United Steelworkers Union headquarters in downtown Pittsburgh, Wolf told an enthusiastic crowd of mostly union supporters “in 2914, we actually do have a chance go make things better for everybody, and you’re not just working for yourself.”
When asked about the polls, Wolf said “I’m neither cocky nor complacent, but I am feeling good about the election.”READ MORE: Police Arrest Suspect Following Robbery In Oakland
Both campaigns desperately sought to gain an advantage in the final hours before the polls open.
The Republican Party has sent fliers to households warning that Wolf has a radical agenda to take away guns, which is not true. Meanwhile, a Wolf campaign radio ad in Philadelphia falsely warned that Corbett favors forcing women seeking an abortion to undergo an internal ultrasound.
Voters also will decide Tuesday who should occupy Pennsylvania’s 18 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives for the next two years. All but two incumbents are seeking re-election and no one expects the Republicans’ 13-seat majority to change much, if at all, thanks largely to a GOP-crafted redistricting plan that took effect in 2012.
The two open seats, both in southeastern Pennsylvania and both contested, are being vacated by six-term Republican Jim Gerlach in the 6th District and five-term Democrat Allyson Schwartz in the 13th District. Three-term Republican Mike Fitzgerald faces a challenge from political newcomer Kevin Strouse, a Democrat, in the 8th District in suburban Philadelphia.
In the state Legislature, all 203 House seats and half of the 50 Senate seats are up for grabs. Republicans are expecting to pad their majorities in both chambers.
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