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Lecture Gives Insight on Climate of Mid-Term Elections

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Monday night brought some voters a heads up on which issues are going to be hot at the polls come may primaries, and mid-term election time.     

Political analyst and pollster Dr. Terry Madonna gave listeners at the Jefferson Educational Society insight on the climate surrounding the upcoming elections. They are still eight months away, but the primaries will sneak up fast.

"At the moment, it doesn't look like either party has a big advantage going into the election," Madonna said.

It's a significant point - the Affordable Care Act, unpopular with even many democrats, could hurt blue voting locally. And the government shutdown, much of the blame sitting with the republicans, may hurt the red.

As far as Pennsylvania's gubernatorial race, Governor Tom Corbett isn't sitting too well with voters, according to polls.

"It's going to be a very uphill fight for Gov. Corbett, whose job performance is much weaker than any previous incumbent seeking re-election in modern history," Madonna said.

Some attendance at Monday's lecture agree.

"Cutting taxes for business and then under funding many, many things. The needy, the poor. That's unacceptable," said David Smith of Erie.

One issue that voters clearly are concerned about is education funding.

"I believe is the key to a good economy. We have to have people who are educated to produce," said Peggy Paul, a Corry resident.

"I don't remember a time in 23 years of polling when education looms as important as it does now in a governor's election or reelection," Madonna said.

Another point Madonna's lecture touched on is the impact that advertising will inevitably hold on the elections. Though only in the early stages of the race, ads have already allowed one gubernatorial candidate to pull ahead.

Polls show that Tom Wolf's ratings recently surged to about 32 percent.

"Wolf's primary advantage comes now from these television commercials. 1,800 of them and over $800,000 dollars spent in the Philadelphia television market," Madonna said.

"I think there's way too much money spent on political campaigns. $30 million dollars can do a lot of good for people who need it," said Bruce Arkwright of Erie.

For now, only time will tell how the political battle will play out.

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