Before Election Day, the outcome is unknown, while the possibilities are numerous. Post-election, we know exactly what happened. The problem is to make some sense of it.
Here are six succinct takeaways that try to make some sense of what happened to Pennsylvania Democrats in their May 20 primary, while suggesting what it may mean for the November general election:
What do these results mean for November?
Wolf has impressively passed his first test but another, perhaps greater, one lies ahead. Corbett may be unpopular, but he has amply demonstrated his intention to wage an aggressive re-election campaign — something he has the resources to do.
Nevertheless, Corbett has signaled his concern about running against Wolf. He has taken the virtually unprecedented step of running negative ads against Wolf during the Democratic primary.
What’s certain is that Pennsylvanians are going to experience an exciting, hard-fought race to select their next governor. The Democrats new nominee rejects politics as usual, which the 2014 gubernatorial race isn’t likely to be.