Skip to main content

Not too long ago, I provided race ratings for each of Illinois's 18 U.S. House races. Now, I'm going to provide race ratings for each of the six Wisconsin recall elections: Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Senate District 13, Senate District 21, Senate District 23, and Senate District 29. The recall elections are scheduled for June 5.


Democratic Nominee: Tom Barrett
Republican Nominee: Scott Walker
Independent Candidate: Hariprasad Trivedi
Write-in Candidate: Steven Zelinski

Scott Walker has had an eventful 1 1/2 years as Governor of Wisconsin, and that's what has caused Walker to be subject to a recall election. He's eliminated collective bargaining for public employees and has signed off on every other piece of right-wing legislation that the Wisconsin Legislature has passed. Walker won the Republican recall primary with 97% of the vote against fake Republican Arthur Kohl-Riggs, while Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett defeated fellow legitimate Democrats Kathleen Falk, Kathleen Vinehout, and Doug LaFolette, as well as fake Democrat Gladys Huber in the Democratic recall primary. Since the recall primaries, Walker has led every single opinion poll that has been taken. However, a tape of Walker talking about his "divide and conquer" strategy to one of his most prominent campaign donors went viral, and Walker's first debate performance last night was poor, to say the least. Also, the presence of two other candidates, independent campaigner Trivedi and write-in campaigner Zelinski, on the June 5 ballot have added a potential spoiler element into the mix. Turnout will be vital, as this is a base election that could be decided by a few thousand votes or less. TOSSUP


Democratic Nominee: Mahlon Mitchell
Republican Nominee: Rebecca Kleefisch

In addition to Governor Walker being subject to a recall election, Lieutenant Governor Kleefisch, who was unopposed in the Republican recall primary, is also subject to a recall election. Labor union leader Mahlon Mitchell won the Democratic recall primary against fellow legitimate Democrat Ira Robins and fake Democrat Issac Weix. An unusual quirk in this recall election is that, unlike general elections in Wisconsin and many other states, in recall elections for Governor and Lieutenant Govenor of Wisconsin, voters will cast separate votes for Governor and Lieutenant Governor instead of casting a single vote for a Governor/Lieutenant Governor ticket. At this time, I know of no organized efforts to encourage voters to split their tickets and vote for Barrett/Kleefisch or Walker/Mitchell. Just like the Gubernatorial recall election, this will be a base election where turnout will be vital to determining the outcome of this election. TOSSUP


Democratic Nominee: Lori Compas
Republican Nominee: Scott Fitzgerald
Libertarian Nominee: Terry Virgil

At first, it was thought to be impossible that State Senate Republican Leader Scott Fitzgerald, widely regarded as Governor Scott Walker's right-hand man, would be subject to a recall election in this district, based in Dodge and Jefferson Counties. However, Lori Compas, a wedding photographer from Fort Atkinson, managed to gather enough signatures to subject Fitzgerald to a recall election, despite her recall effort receiving virtually no help whatsoever by Wisconsin Democratic Party operatives. After no other Democrat stepped up to run against Fitzgerald, Compas herself ran in the Democratic recall primary, beating fake Democrat Gary Ellerman with 72% of the vote. Given the heavily Republican nature of the district, it was thought that Fitzgerald would have no trouble whatsoever winning re-election. However, Fitzgerald made sexist comments about Compas, and spurned Compas's challenges for Fitzgerald to debate her before finally accepting to debate her. The debate, held Wednesday night, was considered a tie. Compas, in a short time, has built a coalition consisting of the Democratic base, moderate Democrats, and moderate Republicans, without alienating either of those three groups. Fitzgerald may be in serious trouble, and Libertarian candidate Terry Virgil could play a spoiler role. LEAN REPUBLICAN


Democratic Nominee: John Lehman
Republican Nominee: Van Wanggaard

In this swing district, based in Racine in Southeastern Wisconsin, State Senator Van Wanggaard, unopposed in the Republican recall primary, is fighting for political survival against John Lehman, a former State Senator who was defeated by Wanggaard in the 2010 general election. Lehman defeated fake Democrat Tamra Varebrook in the Democratic recall primary. The only opinion poll of this race shows a Wanggaard leading, but within the poll's margin of error. Wanggaard is vulnerable enough that a pro-Wanggaard front group sent a campaign mailer attacking Lehman for being soft on crime. This race could come down to a few hundred votes or even less, and, more importantly, determine which party controls the State Senate. TOSSUP

Democratic Nominee: Kristen Dexler
Republican Nominee: Terry Moulton

State Senator Terry Moulton, unopposed in the Republican recall primary, is being forced to defend himself in a recall election in this Northwestern Wisconsin-based district, which is based in Chippewa Falls and also includes the northern half of Eau Claire. His opponent, Kristen Dexler, who defeated Moulton in a 2008 State Assembly election, defeated fake Democrat James Engel in the Democratic recall primary. While the only opinion poll of this race shows Moulton leading by a comfortable margin, since that poll was taken, a pro-Dexler front group ran an television advertisement showing Moulton not being able to name any jobs that's been created by the legislation that he's voted for. I have a feeling that this race has tightened up in the last few days, so this election could be close. TOSSUP/TILT REPUBLICAN


Democratic Nominee: Donna Seidel
Republican Nominee: Jerry Petrowski

Enough signatures were gathered to force State Senator Pam Galloway to run in a recall election, but Galloway resigned rather than face a recall election in this Wausau-based district that includes a large portion of Northern Wisconsin, which is why, along with two State Senate seats being won by Democrats in recall elections last year, there is currently a 16-16 tie in the State Senate. Jerry Petrowski, a State Assemblyman, filed to run as a Republican and was unopposed in the Republican recall primary. Donna Siedel, the Assistant Democratic Leader in the State Assembly, defeated fake Democrat James Buckley in the Democratic recall primary. There hasn't been any major developments in this race, and the only opinion poll of this race showed Petrowski leading comfortably. LEAN REPUBLICAN

Well, there you have it. It's going to be one heck of an election night on June 5, that's for sure. I'm not a resident of Wisconsin, but this race has national implications. I am urging all non-Wisconsinites to use the tag "We are ALL Wisconsin" in diaries about the Wisconsin recall elections. Once again, I support Tom Barrett, Mahlon Mitchell, Lori Compas, John Lehman, Kristen Dexler, and Donna Seidel, as well as all of the hard-working volunteers of the Democratic recall campaigns who are helping get-out-the-vote in these crucial recall elections.

Donation links:

Tom Barrett via Daily Kos Wisconsin ActBlue (make sure you scroll down and distribute between Barrett and Daily Kos as you see fit).

Mahlon Mitchell who is up against Lieutenant-Governor Rebecca Kleefisch.

Lori Compas who is up against Senator Scott Fitzgerald in SD13.

John Lehman who is up against Senator Van Wanggaard in SD21.

Kristen Dexter who is up against Senator Terry Moulton in SD23.

Donna Seidel who is up against Jerry Petrowski in SD29 after incumbent Pam Galloway resigned.

If you can't decide, there's the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.

Originally posted to Aaron Camp on DailyKos on Sat May 26, 2012 at 02:25 PM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive, ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, Progressive Hippie, and German American Friendship Group.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site