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Wolf includes Midstate in election eve push

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LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) -

He's a businessman from York, but Tom Wolf looked right at home in Lancaster.

Joined by the city's mayor, Rick Gray, and its state representative, Mike Sturla, Wolf made the rounds around the square in the Red Rose City Monday afternoon, hours before the polls open for Tuesday's primary election.

He shook hands on the streets, took selfies with admirers, went into shops and restaurants to introduce himself to owners and patrons. It's called retail politics and lots of voters seem to be buying what Tom Wolf is selling.

Gray said he wanted to introduce Wolf to his citizenry on election eve, but laughed that most of the times he approached a Lancaster resident they already knew Wolf. Gray said he's known the Democratic frontrunner for 15 years.

"I know his character," Gray said. "I know his intellect. I know that he's different and he'll be a breath of fresh air in Harrisburg. It'll be a new start."

Of course, before there's any talk of Harrisburg and Governor Tom Corbett in the fall, Wolf has to get past Tuesday's primary and three capable opponents: Rob McCord, Allyson Schwartz and Katie McGinty.

Sturla is on the Wolf bandwagon.

"He's clearly the front runner," Sturla said, "but we don't want to leave any stone unturned. We're out making sure voters get out and people are psyched about this election."

Wolf, who has been running for 15 months but was unknown for all but five of them, was basking in the warmth of good will and a perfect 70-degree day.

"This is an especially nice day being in Lancaster," he said. "The weather's nice and my daughters are coming home tonight."

Polls suggest Wolf has a huge lead on his fellow Democrats.

Does he believe the polling numbers?

"Dennis, I've never done this before, so I don't know what to believe. Everybody seems to be working in the right direction but the only poll that counts is the election tomorrow," he said.

Political pundits suggest that McCcord, with his heavy union backing, and Allyson Schwartz, with her well-established political machine, might catch Wolf with a strong election day ground game.

Brittany Foster, managing editor of Politics PA, has heard the argument and mostly dismisses it.

"I think in a regular race it's (ground game) not overblown, but when you have someone who spent ten million dollars and who's been on TV for weeks before everybody else, it's hard to make it up with ground game," Foster said.

Elbows were thrown in the contentious race, but not by McGinty, who hopes her positive message resonates with voters.

"There's been quite a bit of fighting in this campaign," McGinty tells Democrats, "but as governor I want you to know that Katie McGinty will be fighting for you."

The four candidates will push until the closing bell at 8 p.m. Tuesday, but there's certainly a feeling, in some quarters, that this race is over.

"It does seem like they're running for second place now," Foster said.


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