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  Gov. Corbett? His tally bodes well for a run in '10
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Last EditedScottĀ³  Nov 20, 2008 10:39pm
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MediaNewspaper - Philadelphia Inquirer
News DateFriday, November 21, 2008 04:35:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionPhiladelphia Daily News.

"NOT SURE if you noticed, but state Attorney General Tom Corbett rang up a pretty impressive win in this month's election.

A win, one could say, that bodes well for his expected run for governor in 2010.

And maybe sounds some warning bells for other Republicans thinking of running.

The Pittsburgh Republican, former U.S. attorney and current prosecutor of our Legislature, carried 61 of the state's 67 counties in a Democratic year in an anti-Republican atmosphere.

Guess there's some gain in going after lawmakers.

Corbett racked up 2.98 million votes, which looks like a record for any Republican running in PA for any office.

It's more than Ronald Reagan got in '84 against Walter Mondale, more than John Heinz in '88 against Joe Vignola, more than Tom Ridge in '98 against Ivan Itkin, more than Arlen Specter in '06 against Joe Hoeffel.

Corbett outpolled John McCain by 348,000 votes and beat his own Democratic challenger, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli, by 390,000 votes.

The only counties Corbett didn't carry were Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware and counties in Morganelli's home area: Northampton, Monroe and Lehigh. And he barely lost Montco and Delco: margins were less than 1 percent, 1,600 votes in each.

Again, this is in a year with heavy Democratic turnout in a state with 1.2 million more Democrats than Republicans, a state that went big for Obama.

About the only thing comparable in state history? GOP Sen. Hugh Scott's 2.4 million votes in '64 while Democratic President Lyndon Johnson won the state with 3.1 million.

"I'd be hard-pressed to say that if we talked a few weeks ago I'd be saying that's where he'd end up," says Corbett's campaign manager, Brian Nutt, "but the way he ended up was definitely impressive."

GOP state chairman Rob Gleason tells me, "I really haven't looked deep into the numbers, but 61 out of 67 counties in this kind of year is a very impressive performance."
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