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Why did it take so long for charges to be brought against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky? That was the purpose of an investigation led by Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

As Governor Tom Corbett, who was attorney general at the time, prepares for his reelection campaign, it looks like the findings in Kane's report could help his bid for a second term. Early polls show Corbett is far below challenger Tom Wolf.

"Corbett is down 15-20 points in the polls and that is not a small amount to make up, but this report would certainly be welcome news for the Corbett folks if it does in fact clear the governor," said Jim Lee of Susquehanna Polling and Research.

Kane has been critical of how Corbett handled the Sandusky investigation. Some worried he prolonged filing charges for political reasons. Early indications from Kane's investigation reveal no evidence the case was delayed and it shows using a grand jury was warranted.

"Will it help him a couple points worth? Absolutely. Could it result in a 10-15 point jump in his numbers? Probably not," Lee said.

Lee is keeping a close eye on the race. He says best case scenario for Corbett: he is cleared and makes up some ground in the polls.

"They need the good news now. This will put to bed some of the charges that Kathleen Kane has had against Corbett," Lee said.

However, if the report does implicate the governor in some way:

"It would be the worst possible scenario if the report showed he was culpable in some respect," said Lee.

Lee says the damage will be among the Republican voters who are not sold on reelecting Corbett, and those are votes he can not afford to lose.

"He needs every vote he can get in Republican regions of the commonwealth, and beyond that he needs to be able to win back conservative Democrats that he won four years by," said Lee.

The attorney general's office will not comment until the full report is released. So far, there is no word on when it will be made available.

Political experts say the earlier the report comes to light, the better for Corbett if, in fact, he is cleared of any and all wrongdoing.


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