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Judge Rules Montgomery County Man Can Remain On Ballot To Challenge Corbett In Republican Primary

(Gov. Tom Corbett speaks to reporters in Harrisburg.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

(Gov. Tom Corbett speaks to reporters in Harrisburg. Photo by Tony Romeo)

(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) — A Commonwealth Court judge has ruled that a conservative challenger to incumbent Governor Tom Corbett should be allowed to remain on the Republican ballot in May’s primary. The judge rejected a challenge to Bob Guzzardi’s nominating petitions.

Franklin and Marshall College pollster and political analyst Terry Madonna does not believe that Bob Guzzardi, a self-described Republican independent from Montgomery County, is much of a threat to defeat Tom Corbett in the primary. But Madonna says the last thing that the poll-challenged incumbent needs as a candidate of his own party attacking him from the right.

“Someone arguing that he’s not a true conservative, that he’s not a true Republican,” says Madonna, “particularly in a primary when Governor Corbett is doing everything he can to win back a significant percentage of Republican voters.”

And while Madonna believes a Guzzardi win is not likely, he says there is the real possibility he could make a strong showing in the primary that would embarrass Corbett.

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