Republican Governor Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania was defeated by his Democratic challenger Tom Wolf by what is expected to be a “landslide” margin. Corbett becomes the first incumbent seeking re-election in Pennsylvania history to lose his bid for a second term. Not even his photoshopped black friends could save him.
Corbett did a lot of damage to Pennsylvania in his time as Governor. Schools and teachers suffered greatly under the weight of his extreme budget cuts, ransoming children’s education to bust teacher’s unions.
Both the State House and Senate in PA are controlled by the GOP, which makes Corbett’s ineffectiveness as governor even more surprising. Corbett had been under fire for allowing PA to be the only state that did not charge an “extraction tax” to oil and gas companies while allowing education funding in the state to slip to pre-stimulus levels. As a result, property taxes skyrocketed across the state and tax revenues fell short of the state budget.
Wolf, a successful small business owner, ran on a platform of taxing “big oil” in the state, and using that revenue to ease middle-class tax burdens and reduce the cost of education in Pennsylvania.
It might be a silver lining in what is expected to be a brutal election year for the Democratic Party. That being said, the ousting of Republican Governors in states like PA and Kansas, where the GOP controlled the entire legislature after the 2010 and enacted their “Trickle down” policies only to see them cripple the state economy, is a great indicator of blue momentum as voters realize that simply cutting taxes for rich people does NOT create jobs or increase revenue.