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  Rendell: Corbett 'tough' to beat
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News DateThursday, July 1, 2010 01:00:00 AM UTC0:0
Description"Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell is well aware that the Democrat who wants to succeed him is facing an uphill battle.

The two-term Democratic governor said in an interview Wednesday that while he supports nominee Dan Onorato, he knows he’s the “underdog” in the race and the GOP nominee, Attorney General Tom Corbett, “ is still a “tough candidate to beat.”

“He’s behind in all the polls, how far behind depends on which poll you read,” Rendell said. “I was behind Bob Casey by 25 points when I got into the Democratic primary. It’s a little harder in the bad economy. Money is harder to raise.”

But Rendell said he believes Onorato still has a good shot at winning. His chances have improved because Corbett moved to the right “unnecessarily” in the primary, said Rendell.

“I thought when the year began, that Tom would be an extraordinarily tough candidate to beat. I still think he’ll be tough to beat because he was a moderate Republican with a friendly persona,” said Rendell. Corbett is also popular, he added, since he served as the chief prosecutor during the “bonusgate” scandal that resulted in jail terms for some lawmakers in the unpopular state legislature.

Rendell was in Washington, D.C. , to participate in a press conference with a dozen other governors calling to renew the Federal Medicaid Assistance Percentage program."
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