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- National pollster says all eyes are on Pennsylvania's governor race
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National pollster says all eyes are on Pennsylvania's governor race
Updated: Friday, March 28 2014, 10:10 AM EDT
By: Jackalyn Kovac
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. -- The eyes of the political world are focused on Pennsylvania and what the race for governor could say about the state of national politics. Thursday night's guest speaker for the Greater Johnstown/Cambria County Chamber of Commerce annual dinner said that between now and November, a lot of attention from across the country will be on the battle for Pennsylvania chief executive.
"This is a region of the country to see where those swing voters go," said Scott Rasmussen.
Rasmussen sees change in the air and politicians are no longer the leaders of this country.
"This is not the first time it's happened in America. The political situation is bad. Gridlock and stalemate is real, but I'm optimistic that our nation's best days are still ahead of us because the political leaders aren't really in charge," Rasmussen said.
Rasmussen said there is a lot of interest across the country in the race for Pennsylvania governor.
"The two biggest issues nationally are also the two biggest issues here, the health care law and the economy," Rasmussen said. "This is an area concerned about jobs, concerned about opportunities, and they are looking for something that is going to get the economy going again."
Rasmussen focused on how popular opinion eventually catches up with politicians, using the Civil Rights movement as an example.
"It was the cultural shift, the popular opinion shift that made the Civil Rights movement possible, not something our political leaders did. That's the pattern we see again and again in America," Rasmussen said.