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Midterm elections will reveal some answers

10/29/2014 01:36AM ● By Lev

The answers will come on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Until then, there are only questions.

Businessman Tom Wolf orchestrated an excellent campaign in the Spring Primary to defeat more well-known candidates for the Democratic nomination in the gubernatorial race. Since that Primary victory, he has consistently led Gov. Tom Corbett by 20 points or more in the polls. The poll numbers have been tightening slightly in recent weeks, but Wolf still leads by at least 7 points with less than a week to go until Election Day. Can Wolf finish off the campaign on a strong note and unseat Corbett?

Or will Corbett pull off an historic comeback? It seems unlikely, but Pennsylvania voters have a long history of reelecting incumbent governors.

Can Tom Houghton, a hardworking former state representative from London Grove Township, defeat Congressman Joe Pitts in the Republican-leaning 16th Congressional District?

The answer to that question depends on the answer to another question: How much has Pitts been hurt by the controversy surrounding a proposed natural gas pipeline in Lancaster County?

With the major issues in this election cycle being pension reform, school funding, and high property taxes, will residents in the 13th Legislative District give State Rep. John Lawrence, a fiscal conservative, a third term?

Or will they turn to retired educator Ann Schott, a Democrat who has campaigned to increase the state’s share of public education funding?

And in the 158th Legislative District, will voters back nine-term incumbent Chris Ross, who postponed his retirement and entered the race just 35 days ago after  the stunning withdrawal of Republican nominee Cuyler Walker, or will voters support Democratic nominee Susan Rzucidlo?

With the exception of Schott, who is running for state representative for the first time, all the other candidates in this election cycle are very familiar faces to Chester County voters. Midterm elections are often hampered by low voter turnout, which can lead to some surprising results on Election Day.

We hope that Chester County voters will defy the conventional wisdom about midterm elections and make the effort to vote next Tuesday. There are a lot of questions that need to be answered, and the right to participate in providing those answers should be exercised.

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