Thomas Nelson (Wisconsin)

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Former candidate for
Wisconsin Attorney General
PartyLibertarian
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
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Thomas Nelson was a Libertarian candidate for Wisconsin Attorney General in the 2014 elections.[1] Nelson lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

Elections

2014

See also: Wisconsin attorney general election, 2014

Nelson ran for election to the office of Wisconsin Attorney General. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Results

General election
Attorney General of Wisconsin, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrad Schimel 51.5% 1,211,388
     Democratic Susan Happ 45.4% 1,066,866
     Libertarian Thomas Nelson 3% 70,951
     Nonpartisan Scattering 0% 1,120
Total Votes 2,350,325
Election Results via Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.

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Incumbent J.B. Van Hollen (R) did not run for a third term in 2014, leaving an open seat. Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel was unopposed in the Republican primary. Schimel's Democratic opponent, Jefferson County District Attorney Susan Happ, overcame two challengers to win the nomination. A third candidate, Libertarian Thomas Nelson, also appeared on the November 4 general election ballot.

Polling in mid-September showed that the two major-party candidates were even, with Schimel at 39 percent and Happ at 38 percent.[2] The race became heated, with the candidates differing on issues such as how they would respond to the lawsuit challenging the 2006 voter-approved constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.[3] Happ said that she would not defend the ban while Schimel said that he would defend any part of the Wisconsin Constitution.

Both campaigns attacked their opponent for being soft on crime. Democrats accused Schimel of failing to secure longer sentences for sex offenders while Republicans claimed that Happ deferred prosecution of an alleged sex offender who had purchased a house from Happ until after he paid off his debt.[4]

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