By Geoff Pallay and Greg Janetka
MADISON, Wisconsin: As the recalls draw closer, polls are likely to be released in droves as groups try to gauge voter sentiment.
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:
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.
Harsdorf defeated Allison Page in 2008 with 54% of the vote.
| Wisconsin State Senate, District 10 (2008)
| Sheila Harsdorf (R)
| Alison Page
In the 2008 race for District 18, Hopper narrowly defeated King by 163 votes.
| Wisconsin State Senate, District 18 (2008)
| Randy Hopper (R)
| Jessica King (D)
In 2008, Kapanke defeated Tara Johnson by less than 3,000 votes.
| Wisconsin State Senate, District 32 (2008)
| Dan Kapanke (R)
| Tara Johnson (D)
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)
| Nick Charles (R)
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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."
The case is set to be heard in Dane County Circuit Court at 9 a.m. CST on Friday.
If Nygren is not reinstated to the ballot, then the recall election of Dave Hansen will take place on July 19 between Hansen and David VanderLeest.
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.
- ↑ Daily Kos, "WI Recall: New Daily Kos polling shows path to victory," June 28, 2011
- ↑ Daily Kos "Right wing money flood in Wisconsin recalls," June 20, 2011
- ↑ We Are Wisconsin, "We Are Wisconsin is launching our first television ad of the recall campaigns," June 23, 2011
- ↑ Dane101, "Total Recall:Trio of polls show split results in three recall districts," June 28, 2011
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Follow the Money 2008
- ↑ Swing State Project, "Wisconsin Presidential Results by State Senate District," February 21, 2011
- ↑ Greenfield Daily Reporter, "Hearing Friday for Wis. lawmaker’s suit seeking to have his name included as recall challenger," June 29, 2011
- ↑ WisPolitics, "Tate calls Nygren appeal a ‘joke,’" June 29, 2011
- ↑ GazetteXtra, "Hearing on Rep. Nygren’s lawsuit set for Friday," June 29, 2011
- ↑ WisconsinRecall.net, "Total Recall: Get Out the Vote," June 29, 2011
- ↑ The Stand, "Seattle concert Saturday to benefit WI recall," June 16, 2011