Scott Walker faces the toughest gubernatorial race of his career

Gov. Scott Walker and his Democratic detractors have been in a no-holds-barred brawl for eight years now. But there’s one thing the two sides can agree on: This election is Democrats’ best chance to beat him. > Talking Points Memo

Turnout favors Dems in Wisconsin’s primaries

Wisconsin’s Republican primary for U.S. Senate generated millions of dollars in campaign spending this year, but in Tuesday’s election, it was the Democratic primary for governor that generated considerably more votes. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Turnout in Wisconsin primary highest since 2002


Based on official results, turnout in Tuesday’s election was 22.2 percent. That is the highest since 22.5 percent in 2002, when Jim Doyle won the multi-candidate Democratic primary for a chance to challenge then Gov. Scott McCallum. > Wisconsin State Journal

Reasons why fascinating election year looms for Wisconsin


Wisconsin voters, now it gets interesting. Republicans ended Democrats’ three-win run by holding onto the 42nd Assembly District. Billboards blaming the governor for vehicle-damaging “Scottholes” have popped up along major highways. And any #metoo revolution in this election year could help 13 female Democrats who are challenging incumbent Republican Assemblymen in November. > Janesville Gazette

Dems keep getting good news out of a state that crushed their spirits in 2016 (aka, Wisconsin)

Trump pulled off the upset in Wisconsin in 2016. But with two special election victories, a state Supreme Court win, and much tighter margins where Republicans managed to still win in the state since Trump took office, Wisconsin Democrats are turning the tables in 2018. > Slate

What does Frostman’s Senate win mean? Experts advise caution in forecasting fall election.


Political experts are urging caution to anyone trying to project the fall midterm elections based on the results of Tuesday’s special elections. Democrats hope the victory portends a “blue wave” in November, while Republicans say their two Assembly wins show it’s more like a “blue trickle.” But both narratives may be premature. > Green Bay Press Gazette

Is this week’s Dem win a sign of the ‘nationalization’ of state races?


A UW-Green Bay political scientist says Democrat Caleb Frostman’s win in Tuesday’s special election indicates the “nationalization” of state-level politics: “People are taking their state senators and state Assembly persons and drawing a direct line to what is going on in Washington.” > Wisconsin Public Radio