June 7, 2012 |
Surrounded by dozens of supporters at an evening campaign rally in Madison on May 30, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the Democratic candidate for governor in Wisconsin's tumultuous recall election, had something encouraging to tell the crowd: The fact that his opponent, Republican Gov. Scott Walker, was outspending him by more than 7 to 1 was no big deal. “He's got the mountains of money,” Barrett declared. “I've got you.” Now, Barrett probably wishes he'd had the mountains of money.
June 6, 2012 |
MILWAUKEE -- There may be a glimmer of good news for Wisconsin Democrats despite last night's convincing win by Republican Scott Walker in the recall race for governor. After a vote tabulation glitch in Racine County, Democrat John Lehman appears to have come out on top in a state Senate recall that late Tuesday night looked as if it was going the way of incumbent Republican Van Wanggard. The margin is less than 1,000 votes, and Wanggard has yet to concede though Lehman, who held the seat until 2010, declared victory.
May 30, 2012 |
MILWAUKEE - Just ahead of Tuesday's recall election, a new Marquette University Law School poll shows Republican Gov. Scott Walker holding a 52%-to-45% lead over Democratic challenger Tom Barrett among likely Wisconsin voters. The survey, conducted mostly before Walker and Barrett faced off Friday in the first of two televised debates, shows voter sentiment remarkably hardened, with just 3% of those questioned saying they were still undecided. While that may seem tough news for Democrats and public employee unions who led the charge for the recall, another new survey released by Democratic pollster Celinda Lake tells a different story of a race that has tightened to a dead heat, with both candidates polling at 49%. The Lake poll, conducted mostly after last week's debate, show independents turning toward Barrett.
August 11, 2011 |
The setback that Democrats and their labor allies suffered in the battle to reclaim Wisconsin underscores the challenge they and President Obama face as both parties prepare for the 2012 election. Tuesday's election — an attempt to recall six Republican state senators — was the first test of voter sentiment since the summer's debate over the national debt and the renewed stalling of the economy. Strategists on both sides were watching the contests as an early showdown on the economic themes likely to propel next year's campaigns.
August 10, 2011 |
Republicans held on to control of the Wisconsin state Senate despite a ferocious effort by Democrats and allied groups to recall lawmakers who supported controversial budget reforms, an outcome that left both parties publicly declaring victory and privately seeking to discern the potential effect in 2012. Republicans were declared winners in four races Tuesday, while Democratic challengers successfully unseated two others. Democrats needed to win three seats to have a chance to recapture the Senate, which they lost when Scott Walker and the GOP took control of the governor's mansion and both houses of the Legislature last fall.
August 9, 2011 |
Republicans swept three races as they battled Democrats on Tuesday for control of the Wisconsin Senate as voters went to the polls in recall elections that both sides have said are a precursor for next year's fight for the White House and Congress. Six Republican incumbents faced Democratic challengers in Senate districts scattered around the state. Voter turnout was reported to be heavy, with some county clerks predicting it would match levels seen in presidential elections. Republicans were declared winners in three races and Democrats won one, while two other races were too close to call.