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Title: Dick Thornburgh Papers, Series X. Re-election Campaign for Governor
Collection Number: AIS.1998.30.10
Creator: Thornburgh, Dick, 1932-

Collection Dates: 1982
Extent: 40.0 linear feet

Language: English

The re-election campaign was officially kicked off in March 1982. Dick Thornburgh knew he still had goals to achieve, especially an economic development plan. Democrat three-term U.S. Congressman, Allen Ertel, of Williamsport, announced his candidacy for Governor in February 1982, and was joined by James Lloyd for Lieutenant Governor. Although the first statewide poll showed Thornburgh and Scranton with a 56-33 percent lead, Reagan's waning popularity in view of the economic recession was a danger sign for Republican candidates. After the election, the number of GOP Governors nationwide fell from twenty-three to sixteen and only three Republicans, in the largest states most affected by the recession, won. Of those Thornburgh's winning margin was by far the largest. The campaign files here document the Thornburgh administration's accomplishments to date, with related backup material and TV ads. The campaign news clippings monitor the progress of the campaign as do the MOR (Market Opinion Research) polls. The files are divided as follows: Campaign Plans and Announcement; Achievements Binders; Achievement Ads and Backup Information; Campaign Positions; Opposition Research, Potential Candidates; Opposition Research, Ertel and Lloyd; Campaign in Progress; Events; Press Files; News Clippings; and Post Election and Inaugural. There are four scrapbooks that contain some material not available elsewhere, particularly some staff notes and memoranda. Digital reproductions of portions of the collection are available online.