- Associated Press - Monday, September 1, 2014

Here is some campaign fodder from the Pennsylvania governor’s race:

- DEBATES: Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf have agreed to square off in three debates: Sept. 22 at the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry dinner in Hershey; Oct. 1 at the “Breakfast with the Candidates” radio program aired from the Philadelphia studios of KYW Newsradio; and Oct. 8 at the studios of WTAE-TV in Wilkinsburg.

- POLLING: Wolf’s wide lead was apparent months before he won a four-way Democratic primary in May, and the former state revenue secretary has consistently outpolled Corbett. The latest independent survey, released Thursday by Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, showed Wolf with 49 percent of the vote, Corbett with 24 percent and 25 percent undecided.

- VIPS: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, is expected to join Corbett at the Pennsylvania Republican Party’s $100-a-ticket fall dinner on Sept. 26 in Camp Hill. There’s no word yet on any VIPs visiting the state to stump for Wolf.

- FUNDRAISING: Wolf had raised about $18 million and spent nearly $15 million, while Corbett had raised $16 million and spent $11 million as of June 9, the cutoff for the most recent campaign finance reports on file. The next round of reports is due Sept. 23.

- WHAT PATTERN? If Wolf ousts Corbett after one term, it would interrupt an inexplicable 60-year pattern of voters alternating the Pennsylvania governorship between Democratic and Republican control every eight years. If Corbett wins, the pattern continues.

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