Early polls in Wisconsin recalls reveal tight races
By Geoff Pallay and Greg Janetka
Three early polls conducted by Public Policy Polling for Daily Kos show Democratic challengers ahead in two recalls and trailing in one. The polls, conducted June 23-26 of likely voters, are the first commissioned by Daily Kos, who say they will be conducting more. All three have a margin of error under +/- 3%. Here are the results:
|August 9, 2011 Recall - District 10 - Daily Kos/PPP Poll|
Out of the three races, Moore is the only challenger not holding elected office. Democrats are saying that, because of this, the public is not yet very familiar with her. Moore was a recent target of an ad by the Wisconsin Club for Growth, and in response We Are Wisconsin issued an ad defending Moore and targeting Harsdorf. 
|Wisconsin State Senate, District 10 (2008)|
|Sheila Harsdorf (R)||55,816|
|August 9, 2011 Recall - District 18 - Daily Kos/PPP Poll|
|Wisconsin State Senate, District 18 (2008)|
|Randy Hopper (R)||41,904||50.05%|
|Jessica King (D)||41,741||49.86%|
|August 9, 2011 Recall - District 32 - Daily Kos/PPP Poll|
|Wisconsin State Senate, District 32 (2008)|
|Dan Kapanke (R)||45,454|
|Tara Johnson (D)||42,647|
Shilling herself easily won re-election to the state Assembly in 2010 over Republican Nick Charles.
|Wisconsin State Assembly, District 95 General Election (2010)|
|Jennifer Shilling (D)||11,893|
|Nick Charles (R)||6,790|
|Did You Know?|
In the 2008 Presidential election, Barack Obama won all nine of the senate districts which are holding recall elections.
Nygren lawsuit to be heard Friday
Following the decision of the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board to remove him from the ballot for failing to meet the required number of valid signatures by two, state Assemblyman John Nygren (R) filed a suit on Tuesday challenging the decision. According to Nygren, the Board acted in haste and struck valid signatures. Nygren is asking that his signature on the nomination papers as a circulator be counted towards his total, along with counting a signature that was struck because the signer listed his work address, which is not in the district, instead of his home address, which is.
Wisconsin Democratic Party Chair Mike Tate called Nygren’s appeal a "joke," saying, "400 signatures is not hard to get."
A benefit concert for the AFL-CIO and We Are Wisconsin will be taking place in Seattle on June 10. The concert, which will also be streamed online, is the second to be held there in support of the recalls against Republicans. The first, held June 18, was a benefit for the Wisconsin Recall Task Force.
- Recall of Wisconsin State Senators (2011)
- Wisconsin State Senate
- Laws governing recall in Wisconsin
- Redistricting in Wisconsin
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- Dane101, "Total Recall:Trio of polls show split results in three recall districts," June 28, 2011
- Follow the Money 2008
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- WisPolitics, "Tate calls Nygren appeal a ‘joke,’" June 29, 2011
- GazetteXtra, "Hearing on Rep. Nygren’s lawsuit set for Friday," June 29, 2011 (dead link)
- WisconsinRecall.net, "Total Recall: Get Out the Vote," June 29, 2011
- The Stand, "Seattle concert Saturday to benefit WI recall," June 16, 2011