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Corbett Will Seek A Second Term, Despite Terrible Approval Rating

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(Capitol dome, Harrisburg, Pa.   File photo) Tony Romeo
  Tony Romeo is Harrisburg bureau chief for KYW Newsradio...
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By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) - Despite dismal poll numbers, Governor Corbett leaves no doubt that he intends to seek a second term next year by kicking off his campaign one day after the 2013 election with an event in Pittsburgh this morning.

As rumors continue to percolate – fueled by news stories citing anonymous GOP officials –that top Republicans would like someone else to run, Governor Corbett is undaunted, forging ahead with his campaign for re-election. At the University of Virginia, Professor Larry Sabato tracks gubernatorial races around the country.

And citing a Franklin and Marshall College Poll last week showing only 20-percent of Pennsylvania voters believe he deserves re-election, Goeffrey Skelley – associate publisher of Sabato’s “Crystal Ball” – says that political website considers Corbett the most vulnerable incumbent governor in the nation next year.

“When you’re talking about numbers in the low 30s and even into the 20s for approval rating, it’s difficult to overcome that.”

Skelley refuses to declare Corbett’s re-election bid “doomed” but describes his situation as “precarious” and says there are still some things that could go in Corbett’s favor, including a nasty primary fight between the eight Democrats who have announced their candidacy.

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