'Battle of the Toms' in race for Pa. governor

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Tom Wolf beat out the other democratic candidates to win the party's nomination but how will he do against incumbent Governor Tom Corbett? (WPVI)

Tom Wolf beat out the other democratic candidates to win the party's nomination but how will he do against incumbent Governor Tom Corbett?

In a York County diner on Wednesday, the democratic nominee in the race for Pennsylvania governor was back at it after his sizeable primary win.

"What the people of Pennsylvania want is to see two candidates talking about the issues and we have some clear alternatives here," said Wolf.

People in the York County area already know Wolf. His family's kitchen cabinet making business is a big employer in the small community.

Clear excitement here but now Wolf is tasked with keeping up the momentum in larger areas like the Philadelphia metropolitan.

"He listens so the people in Philadelphia will get the attention that we know they deserve," said Pam Fogle.

How will the newly minted democratic nominee reach out to people in and around Philadelphia and let them know he's their candidate?

"I believe in fairness. I believe in inclusion. I believe trust and hope and those are the things I grew up with and those are as important in Philadelphia as they are in a small town," said Wolf.

A sobering fact for his campaign - no incumbent Pennsylvania governor has ever lost a bid for reelection.

And Governor Tom Corbett's campaign is already swinging telling Action News Wolf is the tax and spend candidate while the governor has reduced taxes and created jobs.

"They want to go back to the past," said Gov. Corbett.

Pennsylvania voters in our area say they're looking for substance.

"Definitely looking for more money toward education - that's really important. I have a little girl, that's number one for me," said Ellen Bailey.

Both gubernatorial candidates are expected to spend big money - tens of millions of dollars.

Expect a summer and fall full of debates, attack ads and the candidates crisscrossing the state.

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