Wisconsin Gubernatorial election, 2014

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Wisconsin Gubernatorial and Lieutenant Gubernatorial Election

Primary Date:
August 12, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

Race rating: Toss-up

Incumbent prior to election:
Scott Walker Republican Party
Rebecca Kleefisch Republican Party
Gov. Scott Walker
Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch

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The Wisconsin gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Scott Walker (R) is eligible for re-election, as Wisconsin has no gubernatorial term limits. The winner of the election will serve a 4-year term in office.

Wisconsin is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[1][2][3]


Note: The following list of candidates is not official and will continue to be updated until the 2014 candidate filing deadline. Candidates will be added as we come across them prior to the deadline. If you see a name of a candidate who is missing, please email us and we will add that name. As the election draws closer, more information will be added to this page.

General election

Republican Party Scott Walker/Rebecca Kleefisch - Incumbents
Democratic Party Mary Burke/John Lehman[4]
Independent Dennis Fehr - Peoples Party candidate[5]
Libertarian Party Robert Burke/Joseph Brost - Libertarian candidate[6]
Republican Party (Write-in) Steve Evans[5]
Constitution Party (Write-in) Jumoka A. Johnson[7]
Independent (Write-in) Brett Hulsey[8]
Independent (Write-in) Mary Jo Walters - Independent candidate[9]

Lost in primary

Democratic Party Brett Hulsey[10]

Note: Hulsey lost in the Democratic primary but filed to run as an independent write-in candidate on October 23, 2014.[8]

Withdrew or failed to qualify

Democratic Party Marcia Perkins[5]
Democratic Party Hari Trivedi[5]
Democratic Party Kathleen Vinehout[11]
Democratic Party Mary Jo Walters[5] - ran for Lieutenant Governor
Independent Eric Bruce[5]
Independent Francis Klein[5]
Independent Travis Swenby[5]
Independent Steven Zelinski[5]


Democratic Party Peter Barca[12]
Democratic Party Ron Kind[13]
Democratic Party Mark Harris[14][15]
Democratic Party Chris Abele[4][16]


Governor of Wisconsin, General election from August 2014
Poll Scott Walker * (R) Mary Burke (D)Undecided/OtherMargin of ErrorSample Size
Rasmussen Reports
August13-14, 2014
Marquette Law School Poll
August 21-24, 2014
August 18-September 2, 2014
We Ask America
September 3, 2014
Marquette University Law School
September 11-14, 2014
Rasmussen Reports
September 15-16, 2014
New York Times/CBS News/YouGov
September 20-October 1, 2014
Marquette University Law School
October 9-12, 2014
WPR/St. Norbert College
October 19-21, 2014
Rasmussen Reports
October 20-21, 2014
New York Times/CBS News/YouGov
October 16-23, 2014
Marquette University Law School
October 23-26, 2014
AVERAGES 47.58% 46.67% 5.42% +/-3.53 1,173.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.
Governor of Wisconsin, General election through July 2014
Poll Scott Walker (R) Mary Burke (D)Undecided/OtherMargin of ErrorSample Size
Marquette University Law School Poll
October 21-24, 2013
Rasmussen Reports
March 10-11, 2014
Marquette University Law School Poll
March 20-23, 2014
St. Norbert College Strategic Research Institute
March 24 - April 3, 2014
Magellan Strategies for the Liberty Foundation of America
April 14-15,2014
Public Policy Polling
April 17-20, 2014
Marquette University Law School Poll
May 15-18, 2014
Marquette University Law School Poll
July 17-20, 2014
Gravis Marketing
July 31-August 3, 2014
AVERAGES 47.68% 44.54% 7.39% +/-3.64 828
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Note: An asterisk (*) denotes incumbent status.

See also

External links

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  1. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  2. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  3. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  4. 4.0 4.1 FOX 6 Now, "Looking ahead to 2014, who will face Scott Walker in race for Gov.?," July 21, 2013
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Candidates Registered by Office," February 17, 2014 (dead link)
  6. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "CERTIFICATE OF NOMINATION FOR GENERAL ELECTION," accessed July 4, 2014
  7. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Registered Write-in Candidates for November 2014," October 23, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 Wisconsin State Journal, "Rep. Brett Hulsey, no longer a Democrat, still running for governor as a write-in," October 23, 2014
  9. Email communication with Ballotpedia, September 8, 2014
  10. Fond du Lac Reporter, "State board approves Rep. Brett Hulsey gubernatorial candidacy," June 10, 2014
  11. Senator Kathleen Vinehout, "Senator Vinehout Statement on Not Running for Governor This Year," January 23, 2014
  12. Facebook, "Peter Barca for Governor," accessed January 10, 2013
  13. Channel 3000, "U.S. Rep. Ron Kind says no run for governor," June 7, 2015
  14. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Democratic Winnebago county executive could decide by Labor Day whether to run for governor," July 22, 2013
  15. Milwaukee Journal Sentinal, "Winnebago County Exec Mark Harris declines run for governor," August 30, 2013
  16. WTAQ, "Milwaukee County exec Abele not interested in running for governor," February 28, 2013