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Pennsylvania gubernatorial election, 2002


Pennsylvania gubernatorial election, 2002

Pennsylvania gubernatorial election, 2002

November 5, 2002

Candidate Ed Rendell Mike Fisher
Party Democratic Republican
Running mate Catherine Baker Knoll Jane Earll
Popular vote 1,913,235 1,589,408
Percentage 53.4% 44.4%

County Results

Governor before election

Mark Schweiker

Elected Governor

Ed Rendell

The Pennsylvania gubernatorial election of 2002 was held on November 5, 2002, and included the races for the governor and lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania.


  • Gubernatorial Primaries 1
  • Campaign 2
  • Results 3
  • References 4
  • See also 5

Gubernatorial Primaries

Attorney General Mike Fisher ran unopposed for the Republican nomination. Although incumbent Governor Mark Schweiker was eligible to run for reelection (he had served only a partial term after Tom Ridge resigned to become Secretary of Homeland Security), he chose not to seek his party's nomination. Despite polls showing that Schweiker polled well among the same groups that backed Ridge, the Republican establishment considered Schweiker to be a weak candidate and stood steadfast behind Fisher.[1]

In the Democratic primary,

See also

  1. ^ a b
  2. ^
  3. ^
  4. ^ a b
  5. ^


Pennsylvania gubernatorial election, 2002[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ed Rendell
Runningmate:Catherine Baker Knoll
1,913,235 53.4
Republican Mike Fisher
Runningmate:Jane Earll
1,589,408 44.4
Libertarian Ken Krawchuk
Runningmate:Henry Haller III
40,923 1.14
Green Mike Morrill
Runningmate:Vicki Smedley
38,423 1.07


[1] Rendell was the first official from Philadelphia to win a spot in the governor's mansion since 1914. Although Fisher emphasized Rendell's Philadelphia roots continuously during his campaign, and described the mayor as an urban liberal whose programs would require huge tax increases, his strategy backfired; in much of Eastern Pennsylvania, voters instead related to Rendell, and he was thus able to win by huge margins in even many traditionally GOP suburbs.[4].Sandi Vito, and David W. Sweet, David L. Cohen praised Rendell's campaign team of PoliticsPA The political website [4]Rendell defeated Fisher with "endless retail politicking" and a hard-working campaign.


Democratic primary results by county
Pennsylvania gubernatorial primary election, 2002[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ed Rendell 702,442 56.5
Democratic Bob Casey, Jr. 539,794 43.5
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