In Ohio, a Republican governor easily wins re-election. In Maryland, a Republican neophyte is elected governor, easily defeating the sitting lieutenant governor of that state.
In West Virginia, a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives easily defeats a state government official for a vacant seat in the U.S. Senate.
In Pennsylvania, Republicans add eight seats to their majority in the state House and three seats to their majority in the state Senate.
But Pennsylvania’s first-term Republican governor loses his bid for re-election to a Democratic businessman by 10 percentage points.
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In the current political landscape dominated by Republican successes, Tom Wolf’s victory over Gov. Tom Corbett stands out like a sore thumb. How to explain it?
Maybe the thousands of Penn State alumni who live in Pennsylvania and who supported Corbett in the past or who might have been inclined to support him this year decided to withhold their support on Election Day because of the contemptible way Corbett, as a Penn State trustee, treated former football coach Joe Paterno when the Sandusky scandal first came to light.
It seems to me that that explanation is at least as plausible as alternatives related to state taxes or financial aid to public schools.