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Title: Dick Thornburgh Papers, Series IX. Campaign for Governor of Pennsylvania
Collection Number: AIS.1998.30.09
Creator: Thornburgh, Dick, 1932-

Collection Dates: 1978
Extent: 85.0 linear feet

Language: English

Dick Thornburgh officially kicked off his campaign for Pennsylvania Governor on January 10, 1978. After a Primary victory, William W. Scranton III held the number two spot on the Republican ticket. On the Democrat side the victors were Pete Flaherty, popular former Pittsburgh Mayor, and an improbable school teacher, Robert P. Casey. A masterful campaign strategy was successful, and early evening on election night the Thornburgh/Scranton ticket was seen to win handily. This campaign matched two highly regarded Western Pennsylvanian candidates against each other with full documentation here of both political and issue components. Opposition research includes much information about Pittsburgh during Flaherty's years as mayor. Debate issue and response materials are extensive. All endorsements, for both tickets, are included as well as Thornburgh's ensuing inaugural plans, related photos, and videos. The post-election transition study team reports provide significant insight into priority areas for the new administration. There are twelve sections of campaign files: Speeches and Testimony; News Releases; Endorsements, Responses, and Articles; Campaign in Progress; Issue Research; Opposition Research; Planning Documents and Memoranda; Campaign Name Files; Dickman Files and Polls; Candidate Thornburgh's Files; Chron Files and News Clippings; Transition and Inaugural. There also are five scrapbooks of the campaign with some information not contained elsewhere. Digital reproductions of portions of the collection are available online.