Pa. Governor Candidates Wage War for Women's Votes

Image: Pa. Governor Candidates Wage War for Women's Votes Gov. Tom Corbett, left, and Rep. Allyson Schwartz.

Monday, 05 May 2014 01:36 PM

By Lisa Degnen

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If Democratic Rep. Allyson Schwartz faces Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett this fall, the contest may turn on who can really win over women, according to Politico.

The Republican Party has had to face charges by Democrats that it is waging a "war on women," but Schwartz is a former operator of an abortion clinic who may be a lightning rod for many female voters. A primary is scheduled for May 20, Politico says.

Corbett, who split the female vote to win in 2010, has now formed a "Women for Corbett" coalition in response to Schwartz's statements that she wants to end "the old boys club" by becoming the state's first woman governor.

Women in Pennsylvania are generally recognized to be liberal on some issues but conservative on others, such as the economy.

"I need you now . . . You are my base," Schwartz told a fundraising crowd mostly of women in Philadelphia last month, according to Politico.

One big sticking point for voters when it comes to Schwartz may be her continually touting her role in the creation of Obamacare.

"It was my legislation that said insurance companies can no longer deny coverage for kids with pre-existing conditions," Schwartz says in a video released last month, according to The Washington Examiner. "It's something I'm proud of because it also closed the gap in prescription drug coverage for seniors. It's exactly the kind of leadership I will bring as your next governor."

Before Schwartz could face Corbett, she would have to beat three other primary challengers, including currently favored businessman Thomas Wolf, Politico said.

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