Michelle Obama tells Pennsylvania Democrats to turn out for Tom Wolf

In this file photo, first lady Michelle Obama delivers the commencement address to graduates of Dillard University in New Orleans, Saturday, May 10, 2014.


Tom Wolf, Pennsylvania's Democratic candidate for governor, is already poised to trounce sitting Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, but he's still getting some high-profile support on the campaign trail.

First Lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday joined Wolf in Philadelphia to urge Democratic voters to turn out on Election Day. She stressed the importance of turnout by recalling the results of the last two presidential elections.

President Obama won "because a whole bunch of folks who never voted before showed up in 2008 and 2012," she said. "And I don't know if you remember, but people were shocked when Barack won -- they're still shocked -- because they were counting on folks like us to stay home."

The most recent poll in the race, released by Quinnipiac earlier this month, shows Wolf leading Corbett 55 percent to 38 percent among likely voters.

A poll conducted for the Morning Call in September showed that half of Wolf supporters say they're backing the Democrat primarily because they're unhappy with Corbett. Most respondents in that poll, 33 percent, said education was the most important issue to them. Wolf has promised to increase the education budget by taxing shale fracking.

Even though Wolf has a solid lead, the race is bringing multiple high-profile politicians to Pennsylvania, an important state in presidential elections. Mr. Obama is slated to travel there to support Wolf in the final week of his campaign.

Earlier this month, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton campaigned for Wolf, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie campaigned for Corbett.