HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Businessman Tom Wolf has been elected Pennsylvania governor after spending $10 million of his own money on a powerful TV ad campaign that helped send Gov. Tom Corbett to a historic defeat.
With Tuesday’s victory, the 65-year-old Democrat will be Pennsylvania’s 47th governor and the first since 1979 never to have held elective office.
A folksy ad campaign launched in January seemed to give Wolf a head start that proved overwhelming to the Republican governor, who was deeply unpopular after stumbling through his first term.
In the ads, Wolf presented himself to voters as a Jeep-driving Ph.D. who shared profits with the employees at his York-based furniture business.
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Corbett is the first incumbent to lose in the four decades since Pennsylvania’s chief executive was allowed to run again.