Okay guys and gals it's official, Tammy Baldwin is running for Senate!
Rep. Baldwin sent out an e-mail to her supporters earlier this morning announcing her official candidacy, the Journal Sentinel reports:
Baldwin is the first Democrat in the field and likely the front-runner for her party's nomination.
Baldwin's early entry puts pressure on potential Democratic rivals U.S. Rep. Ron Kind of La Crosse and former U.S. Rep. Steve Kagen of Appleton to make up their minds about entering the race, even though a possible primary is about a year away.
Even if Rep. Kind and/or Former Rep. Kagen jump into the race. She will probably win the primary. The best possible outcome is to avoid a major primary battle, in which Kind would try to paint her as too liberal.
So far the only declared candidate on the Republican side is former Rep. Mark Neumann. State Senate President and all around bad guy Jeff Fitzgerald and Former Governor Tommy Thompson are all but in. Don't count on a Thompson victory in the primary. Jeff Fitzgerald is a hero with the Wisconsin Republican electorate.
Baldwin can definitely win the General Election. She is a great campaigner and is very affable, but she will need plenty of money and a lot of the now famous Wisconsin grassroots for her to win.
Hopefully Wisconsin will elect the United States first openly LGBT Senator!