Democrats Down in Wisconsin

More

Public Policy Polling has accurately predicted a couple of tough primaries this election cycle, so it's probably a bad sign for Democrats in Wisconsin that the firm shows them trailing in both the Senate and governor's races.

Ron Johnson, a businessman and political outsider whom George Will wrote "is what the Tea Party looks like," leads incumbent Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold 52 - 41 percent, while Republican Scott Walker leads the governor's race 50 - 14 percent, according to the firm's latest survey.

Wisconsin is one of a handful of swing states where Republicans lead in Senate races: Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, and New Hampshire are all leaning Republican at the moment.

Wisconsin's two most competitive House races are both for seats held by Democrats, and Republicans lead both of them.

In the 7th District seat in Northwestern Wisconsin, being vacated by retiring Appropriations Chairman David Obey, an automated poll by Illinois-based We Ask America showed top GOP recruit (and former Real World participant) Sean Duffy leading state Sen. Julie Lassa (D) 42 - 33 percent in early August. In the 8th District seat, which encompasses Green Bay, sophomore Democratic Rep. Steve Kagen may have dodged a bullet when Tea Partying roofing contractor Reid Ribble won the primary to challenge him, but a GOP poll by Virginia-based Ayres McHenry showed Ribble leading Kagen 49 - 39 percent in mid August.

Wisconsin voted 56 - 43 percent for President Obama in 2008.
Jump to comments
Presented by

Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

The Ghost Trains of America

Can a band of locomotive experts save vintage railcars from ruin?


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Why Did I Study Physics?

Using hand-drawn cartoons to explain an academic passion

Video

What If Emoji Lived Among Us?

A whimsical ad imagines what life would be like if emoji were real.

Video

Living Alone on a Sailboat

"If you think I'm a dirtbag, then you don't understand the lifestyle."

Video

How Is Social Media Changing Journalism?

How new platforms are transforming radio, TV, print, and digital

Video

The Place Where Silent Movies Sing

How an antique, wind-powered pipe organ brings films to life

Feature

The Future of Iced Coffee

Are artisan businesses like Blue Bottle doomed to fail when they go mainstream?

Writers

Up
Down

More in Politics

Just In