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March 30, 2017Published Article

Wisconsin Political Update

U.S. Senate Race

With the November 2018 election more than a year and a half away, we’re already seeing activity heating up in the Wisconsin U.S. Senate race. A third-party group with ties to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell started running TV and radio ads earlier this month, attacking Senator Tammy Baldwin for her support of the Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile, the national Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (the campaign arms of Democrats in the U.S. Senate) began running ads earlier this month with the message, “What will the Republican health care bill cost you?” Senator Baldwin’s re-election campaign next fall is expected to be one of the most competitive races across the country, as Republicans look to increase their majority in the U.S. Senate, and Democrats hope to take advantage of the Trump mid-term and cut into the Republican majority.

Marquette Poll Results

The results of the latest Marquette University poll were released on March 22, and found President Trump’s job approval rating to be 41% in Wisconsin. Trump’s favorability rating also increased from 33% last October to 42% currently. Much of the increase can be attributed to Republicans having a more favorable view of Trump now that he is president.

Governor Walker’s favorability rating also increased from 42% last October to 45% in the current poll. More registered voters also think the state is on the right track today (49%) compared to last fall (45%). Political commentators and operatives are watching these numbers closely as both parties look ahead to the gubernatorial election in November 2018, when Governor Walker is expected to seek a third term.

Click here for more results from that poll.

Spring Election

Next Tuesday, April 4, is the spring general election. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Statewide offices to be elected are the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Supreme Court Justice, Court of Appeals Judge (Districts 1, 2 and 4), and Circuit Court Judge. The highest profile statewide race features incumbent State Superintendent Tony Evers against challenger Lowell Holtz. For a list of all statewide candidates, click here. Numerous local candidates will also be on the ballot. To see a list of candidates on your local ballot, visit My Vote Wisconsin.

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