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Subseries 1. Primary Election Candidates, 1977-1978

Scope and Content Notes:

In the primary election Thornburgh was opposed by six Republican candidates, he being the only “western” candidate. This comparatively large number of candidates divided the votes considerably, and the balance between east and west candidates became a significant factor. Additionally, it is fair to say that of all the candidates in both parties, Thornburgh was perhaps the least well known across the Commonwealth. On the Democrat side, there were several candidates, again with one from Western Pennsylvania, Pete Flaherty, Pittsburgh’s former Mayor. There are some preliminary “how to” files, and then the candidates are listed alphabetically, first Democrats (D) and then Republicans (R). The majority of the material in this subseries dates from 1977 to 1978.


Box 7
Folder 1 Opposition Research Guidelines prepared by Republican National Committee, undated
Folder 2 Lieutenant Governor candidates, Republican and Democrat, 1978
Folder 3 News Digests about Republican and Democrat candidates for Governor, April 1978
Folder 4 Robert P. Casey (D) - news clips, January-February 1978
Folder 5 Robert P. Casey (D) - news clips, March-April 1978
Folder 6 Pete Flaherty (D) - news clips, January-February 1978
Folder 7 Pete Flaherty (D) - news clips, March-April 1978
Folder 8 Ernest Kline (D) - news clips, January-February 1978
Folder 9 Ernest Kline (D) - news clips, March-April 1978
Folder 10 Robert Butera (R) - candidate assessment, 1977-1978
Folder 11 Robert Butera (R) - Butera Committee bulletins, 1977-1978
Folder 12 Robert Butera (R) - correspondence to and from, including Thornburgh, 1977-1978
Folder 13 Robert Butera (R) - Butera Committee brochures, 1978
Folder 14 Robert Butera (R) - Finance reports, November 1977, March 1978
Folder 15 Robert Butera (R) - news clips, January-February 1978
Folder 16 Robert Butera (R) - news clips, March-May 1978
Folder 17 Henry Hager (R) - resume, brochures, clippings, 1978
Folder 18 Henry Hager (R) - news clips, January-March 1978
Folder 19 Henry Hager (R) - news clips, April-May 1978
Folder 20 David Marston (R) -correspondence, bio, brochures, 1977-1978
Folder 21 David Marston (R) - news clips, January-February 1978
Folder 22 David Marston (R) - news clips, March 1978
Folder 23 David Marston (R) - news clips, March 1978
Folder 24 David Marston (R) -news clips, April 1978
Folder 25 Arlen Specter (R) - candidate assessment, correspondence to, articles, and updates, 1973-1978
Folder 26 Arlen Specter (R) - Announcement and platform, 1977-1978
Folder 27 Arlen Specter (R) - Committee updates and newsletters, 1977-1978
Folder 28 Arlen Specter (R) - campaign committee brochures, 1978
Folder 29 Arlen Specter (R) - committee correspondence, 1977-1978
Folder 30 Arlen Specter (R) - news clips, January-February 1978
Folder 31 Arlen Specter (R) - news clips, March-May 1978
Folder 32 Richard Schweiker (R) - news clips, December 1977
Folder 33 Other candidates (R) - Jacobsen, Watson, January-March, 1978
Folder 34 Candidates binder (R), 1978