Tom Wolf easily wins Democratic nomination for Pennsylvania governor


Tom Wolf, right, candidate for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in Pennsylvania, walks down the main street in the Pittsburgh suburb of Mt. Lebanon, Pa., during a campaign visit on Thursday, May 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Businessman Tom Wolf won the Democratic nomination for governor in Pennsylvania Tuesday, easily besting three other candidates including Rep. Allyson Schwartz.

Wolf will now advance to a November showdown against Gov. Tom Corbett (R), regarded by many observers as the most vulnerable governor up for reelection. Corbett is struggling in the polls.

The Associated Press called the race for Wolf with just 14 percent of precincts reporting. Wolf had 55 percent, leading Schwartz (23 percent), state Treasurer Rob McCord (15 percent) and former state environmental secretary Katie McGinty (7 percent).

Wolf is running as a technocrat and an outsider. He poured $10 million of his own money into his bid.

If Wolf defeats Corbett this fall, Corbett will be the first governor to lose reelection in Pennsylvania's history.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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