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Ignore the Polls, McCabe Urges Voters

Maverick Democrat “likes” his chances, says lack of cash for TV ads won’t hurt his candidacy.

By , Wisconsin Public Radio - Jul 27th, 2018 02:44 pm
Mike McCabe speaking in Madison in January 2018. Shawn Johnson/WPR.

Mike McCabe speaking in Madison in January 2018. Shawn Johnson/WPR.

With less than three weeks until the primary election in Wisconsin’s race for governor, Democratic candidate Mike McCabe says he may be behind in the polls, but voters shouldn’t count him out.

Speaking at a WisPolitics event in Madison on Thursday, McCabe said some people put too much stock in polling.

“You know, that’s so foolish because polls have shown that they are regularly and spectacularly wrong,” he said.

As evidence, McCabe, a former party activist, cited the surprise victory of political newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez against long-term Democratic incumbent Rep. Joseph Crowley in New York last month.

According to the latest Marquette University Law School survey, McCabe is tied for fifth place in the field of eight Democratic candidates, with the support of three percent of those surveyed. Thirty-eight percent were undecided.

Speaking with reporters, McCabe also said he’s not worried about not having enough money to buy TV ads in the final weeks of the primary campaign.

“One of the reasons is that people are so sick and tired of TV ads,” he said. “But they also have so many ways of avoiding television advertising now.”

According to the latest finance reports, McCabe’s campaign had about $68,000 cash on hand.

“It’s a much more trustworthy source of information when a voter is talking to a neighbor than when they’re seeing some raunchy TV ad,” he said.

McCabe has frequently touted the energy and volume of volunteers on his campaign.

“I like my chances,” he said. “I sure think there’s a wonderful opportunity here to create the political equivalent of an earthquake.”

McCabe also weighed in on calls for fellow Democratic candidate Matt Flynn to exit the governor’s race because of his professional ties with the Milwaukee archdiocese during the priest sexual abuse scandal.

“The more that comes out about Matt’s work for the archdiocese, the worse it looks,” McCabe said. “I don’t think he was forthcoming enough about his role.”

McCabe stopped short of calling for Flynn to exit the race.

“I think it’s ultimately up to the voters to decide,” he said.

Speaking about possible tax incentives aimed at keeping two Kimberly-Clark plants operating in Wisconsin, McCabe said he does not support the proposed deal, which would offer various incentives similar to those offered to Taiwanese tech giant Foxconn Technology Group.

“It’s a mistake to try to build a sturdy economy by showering tax breaks and state subsidies on a few big corporations,” he said.

The Democratic primary in the governor’s race is Aug. 14.

Listen to the WPR report here.

McCabe Urges Voters To Look Past Polls In Final Weeks Of Primary Campaign was originally published by Wisconsin Public Radio.

13 thoughts on “Race for Governor: Ignore the Polls, McCabe Urges Voters”

  1. Troll says:

    “It’s a mistake to try to build a sturdy economy by showering tax breaks and state subsidies on a few big corporations,” he said (McCabe) Quarter 2——4.1 % Gross Domestic Product. NOT BAD FOR AN IDIOT. Trump 2020.

  2. PMD says:

    Ha Obama did better five times but you gave him no credit.

  3. TransitRider says:

    FWIW, there was 5.3% growth in the 3rd quarter of 2014 under Obama.

  4. Wisconsin Conservative Digest says:

    Transit Rider That was coming back from the disaster spun by Clinton Bad Housing loans.
    but back to Milwaukee:
    Milwaukee is top ten most violent in country, worse per capita, then Chicago, a Sanctuary city overrun by drug wars, catch and release judges of criminals, 57% unemployment for our youth. McCabe wants to toss out Foxconn, high taxes, big fat salaries and pensions for public employees and what are they worried about???
    They spend their money on transportation that goes nowhere and a billion dollar playground for millionares to dribble.

  5. Steve P says:

    I’m with you WCD!!!!And I ever wonder why I pay 30 dollars more to register my vehicle in Milwaukee County?Just check some of the empty Milwaukee County Transit buses running through the southwest side of Milwaukee!I see four people on those buses at the most!

  6. PMD says:

    Wow all that and Walker still trails Evers by double-digits. That is how much people dislike Walker and what a bad job they think he’s doing. Trailing 10+ to a bore like Evers. Sad!

  7. Wisconsin Conservative Digest says:

    McCabe not even in the game, Evers by over 50%.

  8. PMD says:

    Why do you think Walker is trailing Evers by such a wide margin WCD?

  9. Cheese says:

    The poll with Evers isn’t from the whole voting base, it targets a select group of voters.

  10. PMD says:

    It was a pretty standard poll so not sure what you mean exactly.

    “The poll surveyed 1,040 adults, 906 of whom were registered voters. The margin of error for the entire set of respondents was 3.6 points. Of those surveyed, 33 percent identified as Democrats, 25 percent identified as Republicans and 41 percent identified as independents.”

    Since most independents tend to actually be Republicans, I don’t see the numbers being muddied by having more identified Democrats surveyed. Charles Franklin and FiveThirtyEight give Marist high marks for its polling.

  11. Wisconsin Conservative Digest says:

    Poll heavily weigted to Dems

  12. PMD says:

    Ha false but good try. When you consider that independents are typically Republicans, the poll is actually weighted to Repubs.

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