Wolf ousts Corbett in gubernatorial election

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Tom Wolf (D) defeated incumbent Tom Corbett (R) in Tuesday’s election. He reportedly plans to increase funding to public education.
Corbett is defeated by Democrat

By Britnee Ganster
Managing Editor/Spectator

With the results of the 2014 midterm election cast and counted, Republicans have taken over the House of Representatives and now have control of Congress. Closer to home, the results have flip-flopped as Democrat candidate Tom Wolf defeated incumbent governor Tom Corbett with a 54 percent majority.

After Corbett’s administration cut a substantial amount of funding to public education, students took a particular interest in this election. According to a poll by Franklin and Marshall College in October, education was ranked the most important issue in the Pennsylvania election. Political journal “Politico” named Corbett as one of the most vulnerable incumbent governors.

According to OnTheIssues.com, Tom Wolf’s views are completely opposite from Corbett’s. Wolf has expressed interest in restoring the cuts from public schools and also repairing the public school system in Pennsylvania whereas Corbett claimed his legislation had put more money and effort into public education than any other legislation in Pennsylvania history. Corbett proposed a system of more effective spending rather than increasing the education budget.

Students donning “I Voted” stickers were spotted all over campus on Tuesday. Among them was first-year graduate student Mary Nestor who voted at the Edinboro Fire Hall.

“I voted because it’s my right as a citizen and because my great grandmother was the first woman in my family to vote and I owe that to her,” Nestor said. “I believe people should vote because they have no right to complain if they don’t.”

Wolf is set to take office in January.

Britnee Ganster is the managing editor for The Spectator. She can be reached by (814) 732-2266