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May 20, 2014

Businessman Tom Wolf wins Dem nod for Pa. governor

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania Democrats have chosen millionaire businessman Tom Wolf to challenge Republican Gov. Tom Corbett in the fall.

Early returns Tuesday night showed Wolf with a big lead over three fellow hopefuls.

Wolf’s primary victory comes after a months-long courtship of voters. His seemingly unending series of TV ads featured his Jeep Wrangler and testimonials from his wife, his two grown daughters and employees of his kitchen cabinet company.

Voters said the folksy ads helped win them over. Wolf began them in the dead of winter after putting $10 million of his own money into the campaign.

His win sets up a race against a governor who has struggled with low approval ratings. Every Pennsylvania governor since 1970 has been awarded a second term.

 

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