In 2010, Tom Corbett carried Centre County, PA, by a 55%-45% margin. It's in the center of the state (duh), and sufficiently purplish that even in 2012, when Barack Obama carried the state 52%-47%, he only won Centre County by 175 votes. If Tom Corbett is going to be re-elected, he needs to win Centre County.
I should probably mention something else: Centre County is the home of Penn State University.
The rest, I think you know: Corbett, as attorney general, has been accused of slow-walking the investigation into Jerry Sandusky's horrific crimes against children on campus. As Governor, he slashed funding to Penn State as well as public education across-the-board; bizarrely approved a $3M grant to Sandusky's Second Mile charity while he knew the investigation was ongoing; and is reviled by many for his acquiescence to the NCAA's punishment of the school, and for commandeering what was seen as the disrespectful way in which Joe Paterno was hastily fired (over the phone) after 61 years devoted to the university. (Paterno died two months later.)
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A significant number of voters, 47 percent, said in the latest Quinnipiac University poll on Thursday that the Penn State situation would be a "very" or "somewhat" important factor in their choice for governor next year. By a margin of 58 percent to 23 percent, voters thought that Corbett did not do enough to pursue Sandusky.The Pennsylvania Attorney General's office has been pursuing an investigation into Corbett's handling of the allegations against Sandusky; while delayed, its report is expected in the next few months.
Forty-six percent of those polled said the NCAA penalties against Penn State are "too severe," while 32 percent said they are appropriate. Perhaps more important from a political point of view: 75 percent said that the sanctions, including limits on scholarships, a ban on bowl appearances, and a $60 million fine, will hurt the football program.
There are many reasons why the Washington Post has listed Corbett as America's most vulnerable governor consistently over the past year and a half. As Tuesday's election results demonstrate, it's not just Democrats who realize how ruinous his governorship has been. Tom Corbett must be defeated, and we will need your help here in Pennsylvania.