SGA report previews Wisconsin gubernatorial race

Wisconsin: Walker vs. Evers

This is the third installment of the AFSA State Government Affairs (SGA) team’s White Paper on the 2018 Gubernatorial Elections Preview, examining the races in states that will hold elections. Newsbriefs is highlighting the races in four swing states: Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and Florida. The SGA White Paper does a comprehensive deep dive into the races looking at factors such as independent polling, key endorsements and campaign fundraising. Today we examine Wisconsin.

Wisconsin does not have term limits and incumbent Scott Walker is running for a third term against state schools Superintendent Tony Evers, who won a crowded Democratic primary with 42 percent of the vote. Walker has already run for Wisconsin Governor three times for two elections and a recall.

Walker is a skilled campaigner and made a brief run in 2016 in the Republican presidential primary. On campaign fundraising, he raised almost $10 million to Evers’ less than $1 million. The national Republican Governors Association (RGA) and the Democratic Governors Association (DGA), have committed $5.7 million and $3.8 million, respectively, to the campaigns. 

“Despite Walker’s political skills and fundraising, the overall political climate favors Evers,” the White Paper says. “Polling has shown Evers with a slight advantage

Next Week: Florida