11 and 5 two big numbers for Pennsylvania’s next governor

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11 days can seem like forever when you are in the lead, and the lead is shrinking, perhaps, by the hour.

That’s the position front-running Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Corbett finds himself in following the release of the latest Quinnipiac University poll.

Only five percentage points now stand between him and Democratic challenger Dan Onorato. Corbett held a commanding 15 point lead over Onorato just a few weeks ago.

What gives? Peter Brown, assistant director of Quinnipiac’s polling institute told RocktheCapital,“Democrats in Pennsylvania are coming home.”

Onorato’s well timed television commercials are also perhaps opening voters eyes to a candidate that has struggled to gain traction with name recognition. Brown sees nothing surprising attributing the tightening numbers to, “Democratic voters engage [in the process] later.”

Onorato and Corbett both received 85 percent of support from their respective parties. Corbett holds a slight edge of favor from independent voters. The most telling aspect of the latest poll is how many voters say they might well change their minds before the November election.

According to the poll – 16 percent of Onorato’s supporters are on the fence, while 14 percent are in that frame of mind about Corbett.

“Still at this point, I would much rather be Tom Corbett than Dan Onorato,” said Brown.

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