NEW YORK (AP) — The race for Pennsylvania’s next governor got its unofficial start inside the hotels and private clubs of midtown Manhattan on Saturday.
Nearly 200 miles from Pennsylvania’s state capital, an optimistic Republican Gov. Tom Corbett declared that his popularity is growing, just as a slate of high-profile Democrats said otherwise while jockeying for the chance to challenge him next fall.
“I knew from the day I walked in that it was not going to be a bed of roses,” Corbett told reporters before a closed-door speech at the private Metropolitan Club. “But I think people will understand when it comes to November of next year, that when you make your promises you keep them. And we have the economy slowly moving forward.”
Despite his rosy outlook, polls suggest that Corbett is among the nation’s most vulnerable governors.
He shared the stage with one of Pennsylvania’s best-known political…
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