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Pennsylvania: Battle for the Statehouse

Incumbent: Gov. Ed Rendell (D) is term-limited

Democrat: Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato

Republican: Attorney General Tom Corbett

2008 Presidential Result: Obama 54%; McCain 44%

55+ Population (2009 estimate): 25.4%

Overview: Dan Onorato started out behind Tom Corbett in the polls and hasn't been able to gain ground. Corbett, in particular, gets high marks in polls for his perceived ability to handle budget issues — particularly important in a state where the recession has hit hard. Ed Rendell had been popular but saw his appeal diminish with the state's economic fortunes, and that hasn't helped Onorato.

50+ Facts: Check the latest economic statistics and details on the state budget deficit.

Fun Fact: Onorato ran an ad telling people how to pronounce his name. (It's on-a-rah-to, with the emphasis on the "rah").

'Wild Card' Issue: Guns. The shooting of an 18-year-old led Onorato to charge in a debate that Corbett could have used the power of his office to close a gun loophole. Corbett retorted that Onorato doesn't understand gun laws.

Introduction: Governors' Races Hold High Stakes for the Future

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