Wolf (John Pavoncello)

In the first poll following the May 20 primary, Democrat Tom Wolf leads incumbent Republican Gov. Tom Corbett by 20 points.

The Rasmussen Reports survey shows 51 percent of polled voters support Wolf in his campaign for governor. Corbett trails with 31 percent, while 4 percent chose another candidate and 14 percent are undecided.

And while Corbett secured the vast majority of the vote in York County during the Republican primary, scores of GOP voters in the county ignored Corbett on their ballots and wrote Wolf's name instead.

Write-ins: Write-in results released Monday by the York County Elections Office showed more than 700 Republicans wrote in Wolf's name for governor — or a variation of it.

The results show 669 voters wrote in Wolf's legal name correctly, another 33 spelled Wolf's last name with an "e," and others chose just to write down the York native's last name.

Write-in votes for a candidate of the opposing party are fairly common, said Nikki Suchanic, York County's director of Elections and Voter Registration.

"Sometimes voters prefer to do write-ins (rather) than change their party," Suchanic said. "This shows these local Republicans didn't want to change their party, but they still wanted to cast a vote for Tom Wolf."

Reaction: The poll and write-in results show people are ready for a "different type of leader," said Mark Nicastre, a spokesman for Wolf's campaign.


"It seems like people throughout Pennsylvania, regardless of party, support Tom Wolf," he said.

Wolf secured 19,409 votes on the Democratic primary ballot in York County, or 87.95 percent of the vote.

Corbett received 76.48 percent of the vote on the Republican primary ballot in York County. Bob Guzzardi, who was officially tossed from the ballot in early May but whose name still appeared on the ballot, received 17 percent of the vote and 462 additional write-in votes.

Nicastre said Wolf will continue his methods from the primary, which often include meeting one-on-one with people to hear their concerns and earn their support.

The Rasmussen Reports poll was a statewide telephone survey of 750 likely voters.

— Staff reporter Candy Woodall contributed to this report. Reach Nikelle Snader at nsnader@yorkdispatch.com.