Michael Horne
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We’re All Running For Governor

Ten Democrats are running, and most were at this forum, chastising Walker.

By - Oct 9th, 2017 05:31 pm
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10 thoughts on “Plenty of Horne: We’re All Running For Governor”

  1. GRNPAKWH says:

    It appears that once again the Democrats have no message other than: “we are not Scott Walker.” Scott Walker has won the office three times and is widely popular across the state. The Democrats need to understand the govenor’s popularity before they even stand a chance to defeat him.

  2. Vincent Hanna says:

    Is the governor really widely popular though? The latest poll has him at 48% approval and 48% disapproval. That hardly seems “widely popular.” That said there’s not a candidate on that stage who can beat him.

  3. Eric S says:

    Widely popular? Or wildly popular? (Or is that just a distinction without a difference?)

    Widely popular, to me at least, would suggest relatively consistent levels of popularity across much of the state (perhaps everywhere but Milwaukee and Madison?). That seems not entirely implausible, although I haven’t delved into region by region or county by county opinion polls.

    Wildly popular, again to me, would suggest very high levels of popularity. And as Vincent pointed out, that isn’t quite accurate.

    I’d also agree with GRNPAKWH that the Democrats need a message other than “I’m not Walker” and with Vincent that at this point, Walker has to be favored to win another term.

  4. Vincent Hanna says:

    I imagine Dane and Milwaukee County are analogous to Waukesha and Washington County. Is the rest of the state as polarized as those counties?

  5. Eric S says:

    Good question. Any idea if we have polling data broken down by county? I know occasionally I’ve seen it broken down by media market, but grouping Milwaukee County with the WOW counties (and other outlying counties) doesn’t really help us here.

  6. Vincent Hanna says:

    This is interesting. As of April, Walker was the 40th most popular governor in the country. That’s not very good. https://morningconsult.com/governor-rankings-april-2017/

    Earlier this year Craig Gilbert looked at Trump’s popularity in specific media markets but I don’t think he did that for Walker.

  7. Adam says:

    Walker is absolutely vulnerable. Hence the 3 billion dollar hail mary to Foxconn just before campaign season. WI voters have historically given a governor two terms, exceptions being governers with broad appeal like Tommy Thompson. WI voters also have a tendency of voting for the opposite party of the president, something in Walker’s favor the last 3 races, but certainly against him with an extremely unpopular president.

    WIth that said, Walker is going to have a giant pile of cash to spend and I certainly hope Dems have learned you can’t run on an anti- Walker platform. Hit Walker hard where he is vulnerable, yes. But then offer up a positive comprehensive vision for the future.

  8. Vincent Hanna says:

    “Hit Walker hard where he is vulnerable, yes. But then offer up a positive comprehensive vision for the future.”

    Do any of these candidates seem capable of doing this and doing it effectively?


    This gave a nice review of who is currently in the race, but I would have preferred more description of talking points and less fashion review. Who cares what they were wearing??

  10. #9: The sheer variety of the wardrobes, ranging from suits to blue jeans to a maternity outfit alone merited the clothing observation as newsworthy. If this had been a group of Republicans, I would have contented myself with mentioning that they all wore suits, and left it at that.

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