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In the '''Wisconsin gubernatorial election of 2010''', held on [[November 2, 2010 election results|November 2, 2010]],  [[Republican]] [[Scott Walker]] defeated [[Democrat]] [[Tom Barrett]].  Incumbent [[Jim Doyle]], the Democratic [[Governor of Wisconsin]], was [[limited-out|term-limited]].
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In the '''Wisconsin gubernatorial election of 2010''', held on [[November 2, 2010 election results|November 2, 2010]],  [[Republican]] [[Scott Walker]] defeated [[Democrat]] [[Tom Barrett]].  Incumbent [[Jim Doyle]] (D), decided not to run for a third term.<ref>[http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/53302852.html ''Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel,'' "Doyle won't seek re-election in 2010," August 15, 2009]</ref>
 
   
 
   
 
In the September 14, 2010  primary elections, Barrett, the Mayor of Milwaukee, and Walker, a County Executive of the same, were each challenged by a single opponent.  Non-profit executive Timothy S. John lost the Democratic race to Barrett and Mark Neuman, who spent a single term in Congress, failed to top Walker among GOP voters.
 
In the September 14, 2010  primary elections, Barrett, the Mayor of Milwaukee, and Walker, a County Executive of the same, were each challenged by a single opponent.  Non-profit executive Timothy S. John lost the Democratic race to Barrett and Mark Neuman, who spent a single term in Congress, failed to top Walker among GOP voters.
  
 
==November 2, 2010 general election results==
 
==November 2, 2010 general election results==
 
 
As of December 8, 2010, certified results are available along with the signed canvass of votes.<ref>[http://gab.wi.gov/sites/default/files/percent%20results%20post%20recount_120710.pdf ''Wisconsin Government Accountability Board'', "G.A.B. Canvass Reporting System", December 8, 2010]</ref>
 
As of December 8, 2010, certified results are available along with the signed canvass of votes.<ref>[http://gab.wi.gov/sites/default/files/percent%20results%20post%20recount_120710.pdf ''Wisconsin Government Accountability Board'', "G.A.B. Canvass Reporting System", December 8, 2010]</ref>
  
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|title=2010 Wisconsin gubernatorial general election
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|year=2010
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|Office= Wisconsin Governor/Lt. Governor
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|party1=Republican
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|party2=Democratic
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|party3=Independent
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|party4=Libertarian
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|party5=Common Sense
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|party6=Independent
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|party7=Independent
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|party8=Independent
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|party9=-
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|winner1 =Scott Walker/Rebecca Kleefisch
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|Inc1 =
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|candidate2 = Tom Barrett/Tom Nelson
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|candidate3=Jim Langer/''No candidate''
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|candidate4=''No candidate''/Terry Virgil
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|candidate5=James James/''No candidate''
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|candidate6=Leslie Ervin Smetak/David Myron Smetak
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|candidate7=Patricia Messici/''No candidate''
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|candidate8=Hari Trivedi/''No candidate''
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|candidate9=''Scattering''
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|votes1 = 1128941
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|votes2 = 1004303
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|votes3 = 10608
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|votes4 = 6790
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|votes5 = 8273
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|votes6 = 19
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|votes7 = 22
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|votes8 = 18
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|votes9 = 1858
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|ref=[http://gab.wi.gov/sites/default/files/percent%20results%20post%20recount_120710.pdf Wisconsin Government Accountability Board]
 
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{{Election results box|R|winner= {{Approved}} |candidatename=[[Scott Walker]]|percentage=52.25%}}
 
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{{Election results boxbottom|Totalvotes=2,160,832}}
 
  
 
==Inauguration and transition==
 
==Inauguration and transition==
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===Inaugural date===
 
===Inaugural date===
  
Governor-elect [[Scott Walker]] will be inaugurated on January 3, 2011.
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Governor-elect [[Scott Walker]] was inaugurated on January 3, 2011.
  
 
===Transition team===
 
===Transition team===
  
Governor-elect Walker has set up his transition page at [http://www.transition.wi.gov/ Transition WI].  Mike Grebe and John Hiller will lead the transition as Chairman and Transition Director, respectively.<ref>[http://www.transition.wi.gov/journal_media_detail.asp?prid=5480&locid=177 ''Transition WI'', "Mike Grebe and John Hiller to Lead Transition Team for Governor-Elect Walker", November 5, 2010]</ref>
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Governor-elect Walker set up his transition page at [http://www.transition.wi.gov/ Transition WI].  Mike Grebe and John Hiller led the transition as Chairman and Transition Director, respectively.<ref>[http://www.transition.wi.gov/journal_media_detail.asp?prid=5480&locid=177 ''Transition WI'', "Mike Grebe and John Hiller to Lead Transition Team for Governor-Elect Walker", November 5, 2010]</ref>
  
The transition's physical address is at:
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The transition's physical address was at:
  
 
Risser Justice Center<br>
 
Risser Justice Center<br>
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====Appointments in the Walker Administration====
 
====Appointments in the Walker Administration====
  
Three key figures from the Walker campaign will move to the administration in the same positions.<ref>[http://www.transition.wi.gov/journal_media_detail.asp?prid=5478&locid=177''Transition WI'', "Governor-Elect Walker Transition Office: Open for Business", November 8, 2010]</ref>
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Three key figures from the Walker campaign moved to the administration in the same positions.<ref>[http://www.transition.wi.gov/journal_media_detail.asp?prid=5478&locid=177''Transition WI'', "Governor-Elect Walker Transition Office: Open for Business", November 8, 2010]</ref>
  
* Ryan Murray, Deputy Director of Policy
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* Ryan Murray, Director of Policy and Legislative Relations
  
 
* Joe Fadness, Deputy Director for Operations
 
* Joe Fadness, Deputy Director for Operations
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Keith Gilkes, who served as Walker's Campaign Manager, was officially named Chief of Staff on November 30, 2010<ref>[http://lacrossetribune.com/news/local/article_3c55fa22-fc9b-11df-995e-001cc4c03286.html ''La Crosse Tribune'' "PdC native Keith Gilkes named Walker's chief of staff ", November 30, 2010]</ref>.
 
Keith Gilkes, who served as Walker's Campaign Manager, was officially named Chief of Staff on November 30, 2010<ref>[http://lacrossetribune.com/news/local/article_3c55fa22-fc9b-11df-995e-001cc4c03286.html ''La Crosse Tribune'' "PdC native Keith Gilkes named Walker's chief of staff ", November 30, 2010]</ref>.
  
==Race ratings==
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Additional Senior-Level appointments to the Walker Administration were:
  
See also: [[2010 gubernatorial race trackers | Gubernatorial elections 2010, Race tracking]]
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* Eric Schutt-Deputy Chief of Staff
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* Brian Hagedorn-Chief Legal Counsel
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* Chris Schrimpf-Communications Director<ref>[http://www.wfrv.com/news/local/Walker-announces-senior-level-staff--112602874.html ''CBS 5 Green Bay'' "Governor-Elect Walker announces senior-level staff", December 29, 2010]</ref>.
  
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===Cabinet Appointments===
  
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On December 30, 2010, Governor-Elect Walker named the following individuals to his cabinet:
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! colspan="5" | 2010 Race Rankings [[Wisconsin]]
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! colspan="2" style="width: 17em" |Race Tracker
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! style="width: 16em" |Race Rating
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| colspan="2" |The Cook Political Report<ref>[http://www.cookpolitical.com/governors#belowMap  '' The Cook Political'', “Governors: Race Ratings”]</ref>
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| align="right" |Leans Republican
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| colspan="2" |Congressional Quarterly Politics<ref>[http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=ratings-governor ''CQ Politics'', “2010 Race Ratings: Governors”]</ref>
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| align="right" | Toss-up
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| colspan="2" | Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball<ref>[http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/articles/category/2010-governor/  ''Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball''', “2010 Governor Ratings”]</ref>
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| align="right" | Likely Republican
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| colspan="2" | Rasmussen Reports Gubernatorial Scorecard<ref>[http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2010/election_2010_governor_elections/election_2010_gubernatorial_scorecard  ''Rasmussen Reports''', “Election 2010: Scorecard Ratings”]</ref>
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| align="right" | Solid GOP
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| colspan="2" |The Rothenberg Political Report<ref>[http://rothenbergpoliticalreport.com/ratings/governor/2010-gubernatorial-ratings-august-27-2010 ''Rothenberg Political Report'', “Governor Ratings”]</ref>
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| align="right" | Lean Republican
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! style="background-color:#ff8c00; color: white;" |
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| colspan="2" style="text-align: right; margin-right: 0.5em" | '''Overall Call'''
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| align="right"            | '''Republican'''
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===Changes===
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* Former Assemblyman and Assembly Speaker Ben Brancel-Secretary of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection
 
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* Former Assemblyman and Assembly Speaker [[Mike Huebsch]]-Secretary of Administration
9. Cook Political Report moves race from "Toss-up" to "Lean Republican" on October 29th.
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* Eloise Anderson-Secretary of Children and Families
 
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* Former Green Bay Mayor Paul Jadin-Secretary of Commerce/Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
8. Rothenberg moves race from "Toss-up Tilting Republican" to "Lean Republican" on October 28th.
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* Former Dane County Sheriff Gary Hamblin-Secretary of Corrections
 
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* Peter Bildsten-Secretary of Financial Institutions
7. Larry J. Sabato moves race from "Leans Republican" to "Likely Republican" on October 28th.
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* Dennis Smith-Secretary of Health Services
 
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* Former State Senator Cathy Stepp-Secretary of Natural Resources
6. Rasmussen moves race from "Leans GOP" to "Solid GOP" on October 27th.
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* Television Host Stephanie Klett-Secretary of Tourism
 
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* Former Assemblyman [[Mark Gottlieb]]-Secretary of Transportation
5. Rasmussen moves race from "Toss-up" to "Leans GOP" again following October 13th poll.
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* 2010 Lieutenant Governor Candidate Dave Ross-Secretary of Regulation and Licensing
 
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* Manny Perez-Secretary of Workforce Development (Labor)<ref>[http://www.channel3000.com/politics/26322062/detail.html ''Channel 3000'' "Walker Names Cabinet Secretaries", December 30, 2010]</ref>.
4. Rasmussen moves race from "Leans GOP" back to "Toss-up" On October 1st.
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3. Rasmussen moves race from "Toss-up" to "Leans GOP" again following September 15th poll.
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2. Rasmussen moves race from "Leans GOP" back to "Toss-up" following  August 27th poll.
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1. Rasmussen moves race from "Toss-up" to "Leans GOP" following August 12th poll.
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==Candidates==
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! colspan="5" | The November Ballot – Who Made It? [[Wisconsin]] Governor<ref>[http://gab.wi.gov/sites/default/files/page/wi_candidate_registered_by_office_final_pdf_16021.PDF ''Wisconsin Government Accountability Board - Elections & Voting'' “Candidates Registered by Office'', accessed September 20, 2010]</ref>
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! colspan="2" style="width: 17em" |Nominee
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! style="width: 15em" |Affiliation
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| colspan="2" |[[Tom Barrett]] and [[Tom Nelson]]
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| align="right" |Democrat
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| colspan="2" |[[Scott Walker]] and [[Rebecca Kleefisch]]
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| align="right" |Republican
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| colspan="2" |[[James James]]   
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| align="right" |Common Sense
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| colspan="2" |[[Jim Langer|James Dean "Jim" Langer]]
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| align="right" |Independent
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| colspan="2" |"No Candidate" (on the ballot w/ Lt. gov. candidate [[Terry Virgil]])
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| align="right" |Libertarian
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| colspan="2" |Hariprasad Trivedi   
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| align="right" |Independent (write-in)
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| colspan="2" |Leslie Ervin Smetak   
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| align="right" |(write-in)
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| colspan="6" |This lists candidates who won their state's primary or convention, or who were unopposed, and who were officially certified for the November ballot by their state's election authority.
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===[[Democratic]]===
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* [[Tom Barrett]], Mayor of Milwaukee and attorney, helped found the M-7 group to spur economic development in southern [[Wisconsin]] <ref>[http://www.fox6now.com/news/witi-091114-barrett-announcement,0,3581687.story ''FOX 6 Now'' "Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett announces he's running for Governor of Wisconsin" 14 Nov. 2009]</ref>
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* Timothy S. John, an author and non-profit executive <ref>[http://www.dailycardinal.com/news/democrat-tim-john-enters-governor-race-1.946610 ''The Daily Cardinal'' "Democrat Tim John enters governor race" 30 Nov. 2009]</ref>
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'''Former Candidates'''
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* Jared Gary Christiansen did not meet the July 15, 2010 deadline to file nomination papers
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* Barbara Lawton, Wisconsin's current lt. governor, left the race October 26, 2009, saying, "For very personal reasons, I will not pursue the Democratic nomination for governor in 2010." <ref>[http://www.fox6now.com/news/witi-091026-lawton-gov-out,0,1409578.story ''FOX 6 Now'' "Barbara Lawton bails out of Governor's race in Wisconsin" 26 Oct. 2009]</ref>
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* Dominic L. Reinwand also did not file papers by July 15, 2010
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* Frederick Westphal <ref name="candidates">[http://elections.state.wi.us/docview.asp?docid=16754&locid=47 Candidates Registered for Fall Election]</ref> is also presumably not running, having missed the July 15th filing deadline
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===[[Libertarian]]===
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* Erick Scoglio was not able to gather adequate signatures by the filing deadline, but [[Terry Virgil]] was able to qualify for the ballot as the Libertarian nominee for lieutenant governor.  Because voters don't vote separately for governor and lieutenant governor in Wisconsin, the Libertarian ticket will be listed as "No candidate" for governor and Terry Virgil for lieutenant governor. 
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===[[Republican]]===
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*Mark Neumann moved from teaching college mathematics to starting a real estate business to running successfully for Congress in 2004.  He served a single term before challenging Russ Feingold for Wisconsin's Senate seat, ultimately losing. <ref>[http://www.examiner.com/political-buzz-in-madison/republican-mark-neumann-enters-wisconsin-race-for-governor ''Madison Political Buzz Examiner'' "Republican Mark Neumann enters Wisconsin race for governor" 3 July, 2009]</ref>
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*[[Scott Walker]] has served as the Milwaukee County Executive since 2002
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'''Former Candidates'''
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*Steven R. Evans switched his candidacy from Independent to Republican on May 24, 2010 but then failed to file papers by July 15th
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*William Michael "Bill" Ingram has dropped out the race to pursue a seat in the General Assembly as of May 5, 2010.  He has since endorsed Scott Walker
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*Scott S. Paterick
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*John Schiess ended his campaign when he turned in an insufficient number of signatures on July 15th.
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*Travis D. Swenby did not file nomination papers by the deadline
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*Mark Todd left the race of April 15, 2010, citing difficulties in remaining competitive in the fundraising race
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===Independent===
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* James James, a Fond du Lac native who founded a construction company, is campaigning with the Common Sense party
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* James Dean Langer
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Former Candidates
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* Michael J. Blinkwitz did not file papers by the deadline
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* Danny M. Gawrisch did not file enough valid signatures
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* Phil Miller switched from running as a Republican to running as an Independent on February 22, 2010 but did not file nomination papers in the end.
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* Kevin Gene Schmidtke did not file on time
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* Bruce L. VanSky did not file papers by the deadline
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* [[Terry Virgil]]<ref name="candidates"/> switched to the Lieutenant Governor's race under the Libertarian banner on April 15th.
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===Write-in===
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* Leslie Ervin Smetak entered the race as a write-in after being laid her.  Her campaign is focusing on encouraging other victims of layoffs and economic distress to vote for candidates who are pledging to provide more social services.
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* Hariprasad Trivedi
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==September 14, 2010 primary==
 
==September 14, 2010 primary==
 
  
 
It's Barrett and Walker for November in Wisconsin.  To no one's real surprise, Democrat Tom Barrett won the primary, all but obliterating his sole opposition.  Across the aisle, Scott Walker and Mark Neumann fought an increasingly harsh battle, while the third GOP hopeful, Scott Paterick, simply never got into the race.  Fairly early on election night, the race went for Walker, who had been polling ahead, by a 57% to 40% spread.
 
It's Barrett and Walker for November in Wisconsin.  To no one's real surprise, Democrat Tom Barrett won the primary, all but obliterating his sole opposition.  Across the aisle, Scott Walker and Mark Neumann fought an increasingly harsh battle, while the third GOP hopeful, Scott Paterick, simply never got into the race.  Fairly early on election night, the race went for Walker, who had been polling ahead, by a 57% to 40% spread.
  
 
===Democratic===
 
===Democratic===
 
  
 
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==Polling==
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==Race ratings==
  
Per a Rasmussen poll conducted in late June, Republican primary voters prefer Scott Walker to former U.S. Representative Mark Neumann by an enormous 58% - 19% spread.<ref>[http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/PPP_Release_WI_701.pdf ''Walker and Johnson Clear Leaders in Wisconsin Republican Primaries; Undecided Voters are Good News for Feingold", June 30,]</ref> 
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See also: [[2010 gubernatorial race trackers | Gubernatorial elections 2010, Race tracking]]
  
May was a good month for Scott Walker, as he picked up the state's GOP endorsement.  In the mid-July polling, he's slightly ahead of Democratic Tom Barrett, 48% versus 45%<ref>[http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2010/election_2010_governor_elections/wisconsin/election_2010_wisconsin_governor ''Rasmussen Reports'', "Wisconsin Governor: Walker (R) 48%, Barrett (D) 44%", July 17, 2010]</ref> The same survey finds that if, pending the primary outcomes, Barret instead faced Republican Mark Neumann, the Democrat comes out on top 45% to 43%. Barrett has no serious opponents in his part primary and his ability to focus on tactics against his GOP rivals is showing.  Barrett has gained ground since June<ref>[http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2010/election_2010_governor_elections/wisconsin/wisconsin_governor_republican_candidates_still_hold_slight_edge ''Rasmussen Reports'', "Wisconsin Governor: Republican Candidates Still Hold Slight Edge", June 23, 2010]</ref> and is now as close to catching Scott Walker as he has been since the very early spring<ref>[http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2010/election_2010_governor_elections/wisconsin/wisconsin_governor_race_tightens_up ''Rasmussen Reports'', "Wisconsin Governor: Race Tightens Up", April 23, 2010]</ref>
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! colspan="2" style="width: 17em" |Race Tracker
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! style="width: 16em" |Race Rating
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| colspan="2" |The Cook Political Report<ref>[http://www.cookpolitical.com/governors#belowMap  '' The Cook Political'', “Governors: Race Ratings”]</ref>
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| align="right" |Leans Republican
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| colspan="2" |Congressional Quarterly Politics<ref>[http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=ratings-governor ''CQ Politics'', “2010 Race Ratings: Governors”]</ref>
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| align="right" | Toss-up
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| colspan="2" | Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball<ref>[http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/articles/category/2010-governor/ ''Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball''', “2010 Governor Ratings”]</ref>
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| align="right" | Likely Republican
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| colspan="2" | Rasmussen Reports Gubernatorial Scorecard<ref>[http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2010/election_2010_governor_elections/election_2010_gubernatorial_scorecard  ''Rasmussen Reports''', “Election 2010: Scorecard Ratings”]</ref>
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| align="right" | Solid GOP
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| colspan="2" |The Rothenberg Political Report<ref>[http://rothenbergpoliticalreport.com/ratings/governor/2010-gubernatorial-ratings-august-27-2010 ''Rothenberg Political Report'', “Governor Ratings”]</ref>
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| align="right" | Lean Republican
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| colspan="2" style="text-align: right; margin-right: 0.5em" | '''Overall Call'''
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| align="right"            | '''Republican'''
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===Changes===
  
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9. Cook Political Report moved race from "Toss-up" to "Lean Republican" on October 29th.
  
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8. Rothenberg moved race from "Toss-up Tilting Republican" to "Lean Republican" on October 28th.
  
===General election polling===
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7. Larry J. Sabato moved race from "Leans Republican" to "Likely Republican" on October 28th.
  
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6. Rasmussen moved race from "Leans GOP" to "Solid GOP" on October 27th.
  
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5. Rasmussen moved race from "Toss-up" to "Leans GOP" again following October 13th poll.
  
====CNN/Time====
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4. Rasmussen moved race from "Leans GOP" back to "Toss-up" On October 1st.
  
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3. Rasmussen moved race from "Toss-up" to "Leans GOP" again following September 15th poll.
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2. Rasmussen moved race from "Leans GOP" back to "Toss-up" following  August 27th poll.
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1. Rasmussen moved race from "Toss-up" to "Leans GOP" following August 12th poll.
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==Polling==
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===General election polling===
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====CNN/Time====
  
 
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====Rasmussen Reports====
 
====Rasmussen Reports====
 
  
 
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===Primary election polling===
 
In the latest survey, either potential GOP candidate has a small but real lead over Democrat Tom Barrett.  In neither case is the lead outside the margin of error, but it may be an early indication of the post-primary season.
 
 
Overall, in hypothetical partisan matches, [[Scott Walker]] enjoys a consistent lead and larger margin, whereas the Neumann-Barrett pairing shows a much closer race and the two candidates have won and lost the lead over the past six months of polling.  In either possibility, voters are fairly certain of their preferences, as shown by the small, and shrinking, numbers of undecided voters.
 
  
 
====Neumann v. Barrett====
 
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==Candidates==
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! colspan="5" | The November Ballot – Who Made It? [[Wisconsin]] Governor<ref>[http://gab.wi.gov/sites/default/files/page/wi_candidate_registered_by_office_final_pdf_16021.PDF ''Wisconsin Government Accountability Board - Elections & Voting'' “Candidates Registered by Office'', accessed September 20, 2010]</ref>
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! style="width: 15em" |Affiliation
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| colspan="2" |[[Tom Barrett]] and [[Tom Nelson]]
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| colspan="2" |[[Scott Walker]] and [[Rebecca Kleefisch]]
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| align="right" |Republican
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|-
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| colspan="2" |[[James James]]   
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| align="right" |Common Sense
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! style="background-color:#6A5ACD; color: white;" |
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| colspan="2" |[[Jim Langer|James Dean "Jim" Langer]]
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| align="right" |Independent
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! style="background-color:#BC8F8F; color: white;" |
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| colspan="2" |"No Candidate" (on the ballot w/ Lt. gov. candidate [[Terry Virgil]])
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| align="right" |Libertarian
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! style="background-color:#FFA500; color: white;" |
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| colspan="2" |Hariprasad Trivedi   
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| align="right" |Independent (write-in)
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| colspan="2" |Leslie Ervin Smetak   
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| align="right" |(write-in)
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| colspan="6" |This lists candidates who won their state's primary or convention, or who were unopposed, and who were officially certified for the November ballot by their state's election authority.
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===[[Democratic]]===
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* [[Tom Barrett]], Mayor of Milwaukee and attorney, helped found the M-7 group to spur economic development in southern [[Wisconsin]] <ref>[http://www.fox6now.com/news/witi-091114-barrett-announcement,0,3581687.story ''FOX 6 Now'' "Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett announces he's running for Governor of Wisconsin" 14 Nov. 2009]</ref>
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* Timothy S. John, an author and non-profit executive <ref>[http://www.dailycardinal.com/news/democrat-tim-john-enters-governor-race-1.946610 ''The Daily Cardinal'' "Democrat Tim John enters governor race" 30 Nov. 2009]</ref>
  
===Abortion===
 
  
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'''Former Candidates'''
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* Jared Gary Christiansen did not meet the July 15, 2010 deadline to file nomination papers
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* Barbara Lawton, Wisconsin's current lt. governor, left the race October 26, 2009, saying, "For very personal reasons, I will not pursue the Democratic nomination for governor in 2010." <ref>[http://www.fox6now.com/news/witi-091026-lawton-gov-out,0,1409578.story ''FOX 6 Now'' "Barbara Lawton bails out of Governor's race in Wisconsin" 26 Oct. 2009]</ref>
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* Dominic L. Reinwand also did not file papers by July 15, 2010
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* Frederick Westphal <ref name="candidates">[http://elections.state.wi.us/docview.asp?docid=16754&locid=47 Candidates Registered for Fall Election]</ref> also missed the July 15, 2010 filing deadline
  
Two other endorsements came out in June which have the possibility to affect Wisconsin's next governor very significantlyDemocrat Jim Doyle, who has held the office for eight years, has been a supporter of legalized abortion and abortion rights.  Wisconsin's last two Republican governors, Tommy Thompson and Scott McCallum, neither sought nor received endorsements from major right to life groupsNor did 2006 GOP gubernatorial hopeful Mark Green, despite an extensive Congressional voting record that supported pro-life positions.<ref>[http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-wi-governorsrace-ab,0,7725394.story ''Chicago Tribune'', "Abortion debate could affect Wis. governor's race", July 11, 2010]</ref>
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===[[Libertarian]]===
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* Erick Scoglio was not able to gather adequate signatures by the filing deadline, but [[Terry Virgil]] was able to qualify for the ballot as the Libertarian nominee for lieutenant governor.  Because voters don't vote separately for governor and lieutenant governor in Wisconsin, the Libertarian ticket was listed as "No candidate" for governor and Terry Virgil for lieutenant governor.   
  
However, both Mark Neumann and Scott Walker have received 100% scores and formal gubernatorial endorsements <ref>[http://www.wrtl.org/resources/newsreleasepdf/20100701.pdf ''Wisconsin Right to Life'', "Wisconsin Right to Life Political Action Committee Endorses Scott Walker and Mark Neumann for Governor", July 1, 2010]</ref> from [http://www.wrtl.org/ Wisconsin Right to Life]Moreover, the smaller and more hardline group [http://www.prolifewisconsin.org/ Pro Life Wisconsin], which opposes birth control under any circumstances and opposes abortion even in cases of rape, incest, and threats to the mother's life, has made endorsements of both Mr. Walker and Mr. Neumann. <ref name=plw>[http://www.prolifewisconsin.org/resources/pressRoom.asp?article=PLW+Victory+Fund+PAC+announces+dual+endorsement+of+Mark+Neumann+and+Scott+Walker+for+governor&aid=354&id=14#topNews ''ProLife Wisconsin'', "PLW Victory Fund PAC announces dual endorsement of Mark Neumann and Scott Walker for governor", June 22, 2010]</ref>
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===[[Republican]]===
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*Mark Neumann moved from teaching college mathematics to starting a real estate business to running successfully for Congress in 2004He served a single term before challenging Russ Feingold for Wisconsin's Senate seat, ultimately losing. <ref>[http://www.examiner.com/political-buzz-in-madison/republican-mark-neumann-enters-wisconsin-race-for-governor ''Madison Political Buzz Examiner'' "Republican Mark Neumann enters Wisconsin race for governor" 3 July, 2009]</ref>
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*[[Scott Walker]] served as the Milwaukee County Executive beginning in 2002
  
By the time these two groups had made endorsements, [http://www.ppawi.org/ Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin], the political arm of [http://www.ppwi.org/ Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin], had already endorsed Democrat Tom Barrett<ref>[http://www.ppawi.org/home/elections/election-information/current-election/ ''Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin'', "Tom Barrett - PPAWI Endorsed Candidate for Governor",accessed July 17, 2010]</ref> <ref>[http://www.ppawi.org/home/news-media/newsroom/press-releases//PR060710.cmsx ''Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin'', "Planned Parenthood Endorses Tom Barrett for Governor ", June 7, 2010]</ref>, setting the stage for the approaching primaries and the fall campaign season to veer into one of America's most continually heated social issues.
 
  
Signaling that this may just what to expect from Wisconsin's primary season, Right to Life Legislative Director Susan Armacost criticized Mr. Barrett's positions, saying, "We will have much more to say about Barrett's record in the months to come."
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'''Former Candidates'''
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*Steven R. Evans switched his candidacy from Independent to Republican on May 24, 2010 but then failed to file papers by July 15th
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*William Michael "Bill" Ingram dropped out the race to pursue a seat in the General Assembly as of May 5, 2010. He endorsed Scott Walker
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*Scott S. Paterick
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*John Schiess ended his campaign when he turned in an insufficient number of signatures on July 15th.
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*Travis D. Swenby did not file nomination papers by the deadline
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*Mark Todd left the race of April 15, 2010, citing difficulties in remaining competitive in the fundraising race
  
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===Independent===
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* James James, a Fond du Lac native who founded a construction company, campaigned with the Common Sense party
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* James Dean Langer
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Former Candidates
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* Michael J. Blinkwitz did not file papers by the deadline
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* Danny M. Gawrisch did not file enough valid signatures
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* Phil Miller switched from running as a Republican to running as an Independent on February 22, 2010 but did not file nomination papers in the end.
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* Kevin Gene Schmidtke did not file on time
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* Bruce L. VanSky did not file papers by the deadline
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* [[Terry Virgil]]<ref name="candidates"/> switched to the Lieutenant Governor's race under the Libertarian banner on April 15th.
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===Write-in===
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* Leslie Ervin Smetak entered the race as a write-in after being laid off.  Her campaign focused on encouraging other victims of layoffs and economic distress to vote for candidates who pledged to provide more social services.
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* Hariprasad Trivedi
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==Campaign issues==
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===Abortion===
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Two other endorsements came out in June which had the possibility to affect the election very significantly.  Democrat Jim Doyle, who held the office for eight years,supportered legalized abortion and abortion rights.  Wisconsin's last two Republican governors, Tommy Thompson and Scott McCallum, neither sought nor received endorsements from major right to life groups.  Nor did 2006 GOP gubernatorial hopeful Mark Green, despite an extensive Congressional voting record that supported pro-life positions.<ref>[http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-wi-governorsrace-ab,0,7725394.story ''Chicago Tribune'', "Abortion debate could affect Wis. governor's race", July 11, 2010]</ref>
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However, both Mark Neumann and Scott Walker received 100% scores and formal gubernatorial endorsements <ref>[http://www.wrtl.org/resources/newsreleasepdf/20100701.pdf ''Wisconsin Right to Life'', "Wisconsin Right to Life Political Action Committee Endorses Scott Walker and Mark Neumann for Governor", July 1, 2010]</ref> from [http://www.wrtl.org/ Wisconsin Right to Life].  Moreover, the smaller and more hardline group [http://www.prolifewisconsin.org/ Pro Life Wisconsin], which opposes birth control under any circumstances and opposes abortion even in cases of rape, incest, and threats to the mother's life, made endorsements of both Mr. Walker and Mr. Neumann. <ref name=plw>[http://www.prolifewisconsin.org/resources/pressRoom.asp?article=PLW+Victory+Fund+PAC+announces+dual+endorsement+of+Mark+Neumann+and+Scott+Walker+for+governor&aid=354&id=14#topNews ''ProLife Wisconsin'', "PLW Victory Fund PAC announces dual endorsement of Mark Neumann and Scott Walker for governor", June 22, 2010]</ref> 
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By the time these two groups had made endorsements, [http://www.ppawi.org/ Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin], the political arm of [http://www.ppwi.org/ Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin], had already endorsed Democrat Tom Barrett<ref>[http://www.ppawi.org/home/elections/election-information/current-election/ ''Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin'', "Tom Barrett - PPAWI Endorsed Candidate for Governor",accessed July 17, 2010]</ref> <ref>[http://www.ppawi.org/home/news-media/newsroom/press-releases//PR060710.cmsx ''Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin'', "Planned Parenthood Endorses Tom Barrett for Governor ", June 7, 2010]</ref>, setting the stage for the primaries and the fall campaign season to veer into one of America's most continually heated social issues.
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Signaling that this may just what to expect from Wisconsin's primary season, Right to Life Legislative Director Susan Armacost criticized Mr. Barrett's positions, saying, "We will have much more to say about Barrett's record in the months to come."
  
 
===John-David Morgan's comments===
 
===John-David Morgan's comments===
  
In its Sunday section on September 19, 2010, the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel broke the story of a union organizer for SIEU Local No. 1, John-David Morgan, who made damaging contents about alleged coordination between the union PAC and Democrat Tom Barrett's campaign.  Morgan was unaware that the man he was speaking to was a paid staffer for Republican Scott Walker and that the staffer, Michael Brickman, was recording the entire conversation.
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In its Sunday section on September 19, 2010, the ''Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel'' broke the story of a union organizer for SIEU Local No. 1, John-David Morgan, who made damaging contents about alleged coordination between the union PAC and Democrat Tom Barrett's campaign.  Morgan was unaware that the man he was speaking to was a paid staffer for Republican Scott Walker and that the staffer, Michael Brickman, was recording the entire conversation.
  
 
On the recording, Morgan boasted about having the local media on his side and claimed to have supervisory level government employees working with him to discredit Walker.  The Wisconsin Republican party filed an official complaint on September 20th and SIEU announced they had fired Morgan.<ref>[http://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/noquarter/103495654.html ''Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel'', "Union fires lobbyist with loose lips", September 21, 2010]</ref>
 
On the recording, Morgan boasted about having the local media on his side and claimed to have supervisory level government employees working with him to discredit Walker.  The Wisconsin Republican party filed an official complaint on September 20th and SIEU announced they had fired Morgan.<ref>[http://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/noquarter/103495654.html ''Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel'', "Union fires lobbyist with loose lips", September 21, 2010]</ref>
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===[[Scott Walker]] (R)===
 
===[[Scott Walker]] (R)===
*Jeb Bush, former [[Florida Governor|Governor of Florida]] and brother of former President George W. Bush <ref>[http://www.wkow.com/global/story.asp?s=12106747 ''WKOW 27'' "Jeb Bush Backs Scott Walker for Governor" 8 March, 2010]</ref> <ref>[http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/jeb-bush-endorses-scott-walker-wisconsin-conservative-leader/story?id=10566334&page=1 ''ABC News'' "Jeb Bush Sees Rising Star in Wisconsin Governor's Race" 12 May, 2010]</ref>
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*Jeb Bush, former [[Governor of Florida|Governor of Florida]] and brother of former President George W. Bush <ref>[http://www.wkow.com/global/story.asp?s=12106747 ''WKOW 27'' "Jeb Bush Backs Scott Walker for Governor" 8 March, 2010]</ref> <ref>[http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/jeb-bush-endorses-scott-walker-wisconsin-conservative-leader/story?id=10566334&page=1 ''ABC News'' "Jeb Bush Sees Rising Star in Wisconsin Governor's Race" 12 May, 2010]</ref>
 
*Corn PAC, political action committee of [[Wisconsin]] Corn Growers Association (WCGA) <ref>[http://www.wispolitics.com/1006/100830_CORN_PAC_Walker.pdf ''WisPolitics'' "CORN PAC Announces Endorsement of Scott Walker" 30 Aug. 2010]</ref> <ref>[http://www.wisconsininternetnews.com/2010/08/31/wisconsin-corn-growers-endorse-scott-walker-for-governor/ ''Wisconsin Internet News'' "Wisconsin Corn Growers Endorse Scott Walker for Governor" 31 Aug. 2010]</ref>
 
*Corn PAC, political action committee of [[Wisconsin]] Corn Growers Association (WCGA) <ref>[http://www.wispolitics.com/1006/100830_CORN_PAC_Walker.pdf ''WisPolitics'' "CORN PAC Announces Endorsement of Scott Walker" 30 Aug. 2010]</ref> <ref>[http://www.wisconsininternetnews.com/2010/08/31/wisconsin-corn-growers-endorse-scott-walker-for-governor/ ''Wisconsin Internet News'' "Wisconsin Corn Growers Endorse Scott Walker for Governor" 31 Aug. 2010]</ref>
 
*Dairy Business Association (DBA) <ref>[http://www.wisconsinagconnection.com/story-state.php?Id=953&yr=2010 ''Wisconsin Ag Connection'' "DBA Endorses Scott Walker for Governor" 17 Aug. 2010]</ref> <ref>[http://www.wisconsininternetnews.com/2010/08/17/dairy-business-association-endorses-scott-walker-for-governor/ ''Wisconsin Internet News'' "Dairy Business Association Endorses Scott Walker for Governor" 17 Aug. 2010]</ref>
 
*Dairy Business Association (DBA) <ref>[http://www.wisconsinagconnection.com/story-state.php?Id=953&yr=2010 ''Wisconsin Ag Connection'' "DBA Endorses Scott Walker for Governor" 17 Aug. 2010]</ref> <ref>[http://www.wisconsininternetnews.com/2010/08/17/dairy-business-association-endorses-scott-walker-for-governor/ ''Wisconsin Internet News'' "Dairy Business Association Endorses Scott Walker for Governor" 17 Aug. 2010]</ref>
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*Milwaukee Professional Firefighters <ref>[http://www.wispolitics.com/index.iml?Article=206516 ''WisPolitics'' "Walker Campaign: Milwaukee Professional Firefighters proudly endorse Scott Walker for governor" 13 Aug. 2010]</ref>
 
*Milwaukee Professional Firefighters <ref>[http://www.wispolitics.com/index.iml?Article=206516 ''WisPolitics'' "Walker Campaign: Milwaukee Professional Firefighters proudly endorse Scott Walker for governor" 13 Aug. 2010]</ref>
 
*Pro-Life [[Wisconsin]] Victory Fund PAC <ref name=plw/>
 
*Pro-Life [[Wisconsin]] Victory Fund PAC <ref name=plw/>
*Tom Ridge, former [[Pennsylvania Governor|Governor of Pennsylvania]] and former Homeland Security Secretary <ref>[http://www.fox11online.com/dpp/news/tom-ridge-endorses-scott-walker ''FOX 11'' "Tom Ridge endorses Scott Walker in Wis. governor's race" 11 Aug. 2010]</ref>
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*Tom Ridge, former [[Governor of Pennsylvania|Governor of Pennsylvania]] and former Homeland Security Secretary <ref>[http://www.fox11online.com/dpp/news/tom-ridge-endorses-scott-walker ''FOX 11'' "Tom Ridge endorses Scott Walker in Wis. governor's race" 11 Aug. 2010]</ref>
 
*Paul Ryan, [[Republican]] member of the [[United States House of Representatives]] <ref name=mjssen>[http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/99964094.html ''Milwaukee Journal Sentinel'' "Sensenbrenner and Ryan endorse Scott Walker" 4 Aug. 2010]</ref> <ref name=ryansen>[http://freedomeden.blogspot.com/2010/08/jim-sensenbrenner-and-paul-ryan-endorse.html ''Freedom Eden'' "Jim Sensenbrenner and Paul Ryan Endorse Scott Walker" 5 Aug. 2010]</ref>
 
*Paul Ryan, [[Republican]] member of the [[United States House of Representatives]] <ref name=mjssen>[http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/99964094.html ''Milwaukee Journal Sentinel'' "Sensenbrenner and Ryan endorse Scott Walker" 4 Aug. 2010]</ref> <ref name=ryansen>[http://freedomeden.blogspot.com/2010/08/jim-sensenbrenner-and-paul-ryan-endorse.html ''Freedom Eden'' "Jim Sensenbrenner and Paul Ryan Endorse Scott Walker" 5 Aug. 2010]</ref>
 
*Jim Sensenbrenner, [[Republican]] member of the [[United States House of Representatives]] <ref name=mjssen/> <ref name=ryansen/>
 
*Jim Sensenbrenner, [[Republican]] member of the [[United States House of Representatives]] <ref name=mjssen/> <ref name=ryansen/>
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Breaking news

In the Wisconsin gubernatorial election of 2010, held on November 2, 2010, Republican Scott Walker defeated Democrat Tom Barrett. Incumbent Jim Doyle (D), decided not to run for a third term.[1]

In the September 14, 2010 primary elections, Barrett, the Mayor of Milwaukee, and Walker, a County Executive of the same, were each challenged by a single opponent. Non-profit executive Timothy S. John lost the Democratic race to Barrett and Mark Neuman, who spent a single term in Congress, failed to top Walker among GOP voters.

November 2, 2010 general election results

As of December 8, 2010, certified results are available along with the signed canvass of votes.[2]

Wisconsin Governor/Lt. Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott Walker/Rebecca Kleefisch 52.2% 1,128,941
     Democratic Tom Barrett/Tom Nelson 46.5% 1,004,303
     Independent Jim Langer/No candidate 0.5% 10,608
     Libertarian No candidate/Terry Virgil 0.3% 6,790
     Common Sense James James/No candidate 0.4% 8,273
     Independent Leslie Ervin Smetak/David Myron Smetak 0% 19
     Independent Patricia Messici/No candidate 0% 22
     Independent Hari Trivedi/No candidate 0% 18
     - Scattering 0.1% 1,858
Total Votes 2,160,832
Election Results Via: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board

Inauguration and transition

Inaugural date

Governor-elect Scott Walker was inaugurated on January 3, 2011.

Transition team

Governor-elect Walker set up his transition page at Transition WI. Mike Grebe and John Hiller led the transition as Chairman and Transition Director, respectively.[3]

The transition's physical address was at:

Risser Justice Center
Suite 310
17 West Main Street
Madison, WI 53703

Appointments in the Walker Administration

Three key figures from the Walker campaign moved to the administration in the same positions.[4]

  • Ryan Murray, Director of Policy and Legislative Relations
  • Joe Fadness, Deputy Director for Operations
  • Cullen Werwie, Press Secretary

Keith Gilkes, who served as Walker's Campaign Manager, was officially named Chief of Staff on November 30, 2010[5].

Additional Senior-Level appointments to the Walker Administration were:

  • Eric Schutt-Deputy Chief of Staff
  • Brian Hagedorn-Chief Legal Counsel
  • Chris Schrimpf-Communications Director[6].

Cabinet Appointments

On December 30, 2010, Governor-Elect Walker named the following individuals to his cabinet:

  • Former Assemblyman and Assembly Speaker Ben Brancel-Secretary of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection
  • Former Assemblyman and Assembly Speaker Mike Huebsch-Secretary of Administration
  • Eloise Anderson-Secretary of Children and Families
  • Former Green Bay Mayor Paul Jadin-Secretary of Commerce/Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
  • Former Dane County Sheriff Gary Hamblin-Secretary of Corrections
  • Peter Bildsten-Secretary of Financial Institutions
  • Dennis Smith-Secretary of Health Services
  • Former State Senator Cathy Stepp-Secretary of Natural Resources
  • Television Host Stephanie Klett-Secretary of Tourism
  • Former Assemblyman Mark Gottlieb-Secretary of Transportation
  • 2010 Lieutenant Governor Candidate Dave Ross-Secretary of Regulation and Licensing
  • Manny Perez-Secretary of Workforce Development (Labor)[7].

September 14, 2010 primary

It's Barrett and Walker for November in Wisconsin. To no one's real surprise, Democrat Tom Barrett won the primary, all but obliterating his sole opposition. Across the aisle, Scott Walker and Mark Neumann fought an increasingly harsh battle, while the third GOP hopeful, Scott Paterick, simply never got into the race. Fairly early on election night, the race went for Walker, who had been polling ahead, by a 57% to 40% spread.

Democratic

2010 Race for Governor - Democrat Primary[8][9]
Candidates Percentage
Tom Barrett (D) 98.94%
Tim John (D) 1.06%
Total votes 1,057,462

Republican

2010 Race for Governor - Republican Primary[10][11]
Candidates Percentage
Mark Neumann (R) 40.22%
Scott Paterick (R) 2.60%
Scott Walker (R) 57.18%
Total votes 304,946

Race ratings

See also: Gubernatorial elections 2010, Race tracking

2010 Race Rankings Wisconsin
Race Tracker Race Rating
The Cook Political Report[12] Leans Republican
Congressional Quarterly Politics[13] Toss-up
Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball[14] Likely Republican
Rasmussen Reports Gubernatorial Scorecard[15] Solid GOP
The Rothenberg Political Report[16] Lean Republican
Overall Call Republican

Changes

9. Cook Political Report moved race from "Toss-up" to "Lean Republican" on October 29th.

8. Rothenberg moved race from "Toss-up Tilting Republican" to "Lean Republican" on October 28th.

7. Larry J. Sabato moved race from "Leans Republican" to "Likely Republican" on October 28th.

6. Rasmussen moved race from "Leans GOP" to "Solid GOP" on October 27th.

5. Rasmussen moved race from "Toss-up" to "Leans GOP" again following October 13th poll.

4. Rasmussen moved race from "Leans GOP" back to "Toss-up" On October 1st.

3. Rasmussen moved race from "Toss-up" to "Leans GOP" again following September 15th poll.

2. Rasmussen moved race from "Leans GOP" back to "Toss-up" following August 27th poll.

1. Rasmussen moved race from "Toss-up" to "Leans GOP" following August 12th poll.

Polling

General election polling

CNN/Time

2010 Race for Wisconsin Governor - CNN/Time Opinion Research
Date Reported Walker (R) Barrett (D) Other Don't Know
September 17-21, 2010[17] 53% 42% 2% 2%
(Sample)[18] n=1,506 MoE=+/- 2.5% p=0.05

Rasmussen Reports

2010 Race for Wisconsin Governor - Rasmussen Reports
Date Reported Walker (R) Barrett(D) Other Don't Know
October 11, 2010[19] 51% 42% 1% 6%
September 29, 2010[20] 50% 44% 1% 4%
September 15, 2010[21] 51% 43% 2% 4%
(Sample)[22] n=750 MoE=+/- 4.0% p=0.05

Primary election polling

Neumann v. Barrett

2010 Race for Wisconsin Governor - Rasmussen Reports[23]
Date Reported Neumann (R) Barrett (D) Other Don't Know
August 24, 2010[24] 48% 44% 3% 4%
July 27, 2010 44% 45% 5% 6%
July 13, 2010 43% 45% 7% 5%
June 21, 2010 47% 39% 7% 7%
May 25, 2010 44% 42% 6% 8%
April 20, 2010 46% 46% 4% 5%
March 16, 2010 46% 42% 4% 8%
February 17, 2010 44% 42% 4% 10%
(Sample)[25] n=500 MoE=+/- 4.5% p=0.05

Walker v. Barrett

2010 Race for Wisconsin Governor - Rasmussen Reports[26]
Date Reported Walker (R) Barrett (D) Other Don't Know
August 24, 2010[27] 47% 44% 4% 4%
July 27, 2010 50% 43% 2% 5%
July 13, 2010 48% 44% 4% 4%
June 21, 2010 49% 41% 7% 7%
May 25, 2010 48% 41% 3% 8%
April 20, 2010 46% 44% 3% 7%
March 16, 2010 48% 42% 2% 8%
February 17, 2010 49% 40% 1% 10%
(Sample)[28] n=500 MoE=+/- 4.5% p=0.05

Candidates

The November Ballot – Who Made It? Wisconsin Governor[29]
Nominee Affiliation
Tom Barrett and Tom Nelson Democrat
Scott Walker and Rebecca Kleefisch Republican
James James Common Sense
James Dean "Jim" Langer Independent
"No Candidate" (on the ballot w/ Lt. gov. candidate Terry Virgil) Libertarian
Hariprasad Trivedi Independent (write-in)
Leslie Ervin Smetak (write-in)
This lists candidates who won their state's primary or convention, or who were unopposed, and who were officially certified for the November ballot by their state's election authority.

Democratic

  • Tom Barrett, Mayor of Milwaukee and attorney, helped found the M-7 group to spur economic development in southern Wisconsin [30]
  • Timothy S. John, an author and non-profit executive [31]


Former Candidates

  • Jared Gary Christiansen did not meet the July 15, 2010 deadline to file nomination papers
  • Barbara Lawton, Wisconsin's current lt. governor, left the race October 26, 2009, saying, "For very personal reasons, I will not pursue the Democratic nomination for governor in 2010." [32]
  • Dominic L. Reinwand also did not file papers by July 15, 2010
  • Frederick Westphal [33] also missed the July 15, 2010 filing deadline

Libertarian

  • Erick Scoglio was not able to gather adequate signatures by the filing deadline, but Terry Virgil was able to qualify for the ballot as the Libertarian nominee for lieutenant governor. Because voters don't vote separately for governor and lieutenant governor in Wisconsin, the Libertarian ticket was listed as "No candidate" for governor and Terry Virgil for lieutenant governor.

Republican

  • Mark Neumann moved from teaching college mathematics to starting a real estate business to running successfully for Congress in 2004. He served a single term before challenging Russ Feingold for Wisconsin's Senate seat, ultimately losing. [34]
  • Scott Walker served as the Milwaukee County Executive beginning in 2002


Former Candidates

  • Steven R. Evans switched his candidacy from Independent to Republican on May 24, 2010 but then failed to file papers by July 15th
  • William Michael "Bill" Ingram dropped out the race to pursue a seat in the General Assembly as of May 5, 2010. He endorsed Scott Walker
  • Scott S. Paterick
  • John Schiess ended his campaign when he turned in an insufficient number of signatures on July 15th.
  • Travis D. Swenby did not file nomination papers by the deadline
  • Mark Todd left the race of April 15, 2010, citing difficulties in remaining competitive in the fundraising race

Independent

  • James James, a Fond du Lac native who founded a construction company, campaigned with the Common Sense party
  • James Dean Langer


Former Candidates

  • Michael J. Blinkwitz did not file papers by the deadline
  • Danny M. Gawrisch did not file enough valid signatures
  • Phil Miller switched from running as a Republican to running as an Independent on February 22, 2010 but did not file nomination papers in the end.
  • Kevin Gene Schmidtke did not file on time
  • Bruce L. VanSky did not file papers by the deadline
  • Terry Virgil[33] switched to the Lieutenant Governor's race under the Libertarian banner on April 15th.

Write-in

  • Leslie Ervin Smetak entered the race as a write-in after being laid off. Her campaign focused on encouraging other victims of layoffs and economic distress to vote for candidates who pledged to provide more social services.
  • Hariprasad Trivedi

Campaign issues

Abortion

Two other endorsements came out in June which had the possibility to affect the election very significantly. Democrat Jim Doyle, who held the office for eight years,supportered legalized abortion and abortion rights. Wisconsin's last two Republican governors, Tommy Thompson and Scott McCallum, neither sought nor received endorsements from major right to life groups. Nor did 2006 GOP gubernatorial hopeful Mark Green, despite an extensive Congressional voting record that supported pro-life positions.[35]

However, both Mark Neumann and Scott Walker received 100% scores and formal gubernatorial endorsements [36] from Wisconsin Right to Life. Moreover, the smaller and more hardline group Pro Life Wisconsin, which opposes birth control under any circumstances and opposes abortion even in cases of rape, incest, and threats to the mother's life, made endorsements of both Mr. Walker and Mr. Neumann. [37]

By the time these two groups had made endorsements, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin, the political arm of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, had already endorsed Democrat Tom Barrett[38] [39], setting the stage for the primaries and the fall campaign season to veer into one of America's most continually heated social issues.

Signaling that this may just what to expect from Wisconsin's primary season, Right to Life Legislative Director Susan Armacost criticized Mr. Barrett's positions, saying, "We will have much more to say about Barrett's record in the months to come."

John-David Morgan's comments

In its Sunday section on September 19, 2010, the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel broke the story of a union organizer for SIEU Local No. 1, John-David Morgan, who made damaging contents about alleged coordination between the union PAC and Democrat Tom Barrett's campaign. Morgan was unaware that the man he was speaking to was a paid staffer for Republican Scott Walker and that the staffer, Michael Brickman, was recording the entire conversation.

On the recording, Morgan boasted about having the local media on his side and claimed to have supervisory level government employees working with him to discredit Walker. The Wisconsin Republican party filed an official complaint on September 20th and SIEU announced they had fired Morgan.[40]

Commercials

Primary campaign

Candidates

Tom Barrett

Mark Neumann

Scott Walker

527 organizations

One Wisconsin Now

Republican Governors Association

General Election

Candidates

Tom Barrett

Scott Walker

527 organizations

One Wisconsin Now

Republican Governors Association

Key endorsements

Tom Barrett (D)

Mark Neumann (R)

Scott Walker (R)

Gubernatorial electoral history

1998 Gubernatorial Results[76]
Candidates Percentage
Tommy Thompson (R) 59.66%
Ed Garvey (D) 38.70%
Jim Mueller (L) 0.63%
Edward Frami (T) 0.58%
Mike Mangan (I) 0.28%
(write-in) 0.14%
Total votes 1,756,014
2002 Gubernatorial Results[77][78]
Candidates Percentage
James Doyle (D) 45.09%
Scott McCallum (R) 41.39%
A. Ed Thompson (L) 10.45%
James Young (WG) 2.48%
(write-in) 0.59%
Total votes 1,765,899
2006 Gubernatorial Results[79][80]
Candidates Percentage
Jim Doyle (D) 52.70%
Mark Green (I) 45.31%
Nelson Eisman (WG) 1.88%
(write-in) 0.11%
Total votes 2,161,700




Presidential electoral history

2000 Presidential Results
Candidates Percentage
George W. Bush (R) 47.61%
Al Gore (D) 47.83%
2004 Presidential Results
Candidates Percentage
George W. Bush (R) 49.32%
John Kerry (D) 49.70%
2008 Presidential Results[81]
Candidates Percentage
John McCain (R) 42.31%
Barack Obama (D) 56.22%


1992 Presidential Results
Candidates Percentage
George H.W. Bush (R) 36.78%
Bill Clinton (D) 41.13%
1996 Presidential Results
Candidates Percentage
Bob Dole (R) 38.48%
Bill Clinton (D) 48.81%

See also

External links

Wisconsin

Candidates

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