Thomas Nelson (Wisconsin)
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|Former candidate for|
|Wisconsin Attorney General|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|Attorney General of Wisconsin, 2014|
|Election Results via Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.|
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. 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. 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.
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- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "CERTIFICATE OF NOMINATION," accessed July 4, 2014
- Green Bay Press-Gazette, "Poll: Governor, attorney general races are dead heats," September 19, 2014
- FOX 6 Now, "In a crowded Attorney General race — Susan Happ gets the Democratic nomination; will face Brad Schimel," August 11, 2014
- Pioneer Press, "Wisconsin attorney general race focuses on sexual assault prosecution," September 25, 2014
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