Maryland and Pennsylvania present a tale of two Democrats faring somewhat differently in their bids for governor.
In heavily Democratic Maryland, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, a Democrat, leads Republican Larry Hogan 47 to 38 percent in a new Washington Post poll.
“Voters who cite taxes as their top concern strongly favoring Republican Larry Hogan,” a Post analysis said. “The poll suggests many voters are worried about taxes and what many see as a faltering economy and, in large part, blame Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), Brown’s mentor.”
Brown remains a strong favorite to win in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans 2 to 1, but the result shows a race tighter than expected.
Not in Pennsylvania, where Democratic businessman Tom Wolf is way ahead of incumbent Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, according to a Quinnipiac poll released Tuesday.
Wolf is up 55 to 38 percent.
Among Republicans, Corbett has a 3 to 1 lead, but that’s “one of the lowest rates of same-party support for an incumbent governor in any of the nine states surveyed by Quinnipiac University,” a poll analysis found.
Among all voters, “their mind is made up, 85 percent of Pennsylvania likely voters say, while 13 percent say they might change their mind. There is little difference among supporters for each candidate: 87 percent of Wolf supporters and 83 percent of Corbett backers say their mind is made up.”