Wisconsin 8/14 Primary: At a Glance


The swing state of Wisconsin has seen plenty of electoral action already between two flipped state Senate seats in special elections, a court case on gerrymandering, and a fight about scheduling elections. There are more fireworks to come. Here’s the 411 on Wisconsin’s primary.

Wisconsin has its statewide primary election on Tuesday, August 14. If you’re a voter in Wisconsin, all the resources you need to vote are listed here; if you’re not in the state, consider sharing this post with friends or on social media to increase awareness and turnout!

Wisconsin Voter Resources
Confirm your voter registration: https://iwillvote.com/
Can you register to vote on Election Day? Yes; info here
Info for overseas/military voters here
Find your polling place here
Check ID requirements here
Absentee voting info here

Wisconsin Politics: A Snapshot
• 1 Senator is up for re-election in 2018
• All 8 House Representatives are up for re-election
• Voted +0.7 for Trump in 2016
• Current partisan breakdown of the state legislature:
>>> Governor (R)
>>> State Senate 18 (R) – 15 (D)
>>> State Assembly 63 (R) – 35 (D)  plus one vacant seat

Key Races

The sitting governor, Scott Walker (R), is seeking re-election. The Democrats have a large field of candidates running in the primary; Evers was polling the highest but Roys, Flynn, and Mitchell had the fundraising edge. The Democratic candidates are:

Tony Evers – website
Matt Flynn – website
Mike McCabe – website
Mahlon Mitchell – website
Josh Pade – website
Kelda Roys – website
Paul Soglin – website
Kathleen Vinehout – website

Cook Political Report has Districts 1 and 6 rated competitive, and are good opportunities for the Democrats to flip. Here are the Democrats running in those races:

District 1 (Paul Ryan’s seat!)
Cathy Myers – website
Randy Bryce – website

District 6
Dan Kohl – website

Senator Tammy Baldwin (D) is seeking re-election. She is running unopposed in the Democratic primaries. Her campaign website is here.

17 of the 33 seats in the Senate are up for re-election this year. Since the 2016 presidential elections, two state Senate seats have flipped from Republicans to the Democrats in special elections. A list of the districts with re-elections and the candidates running for those seats can be found here.

All 99 seats in the House are up for re-election this year. The Republicans are only 2 seats away from having a veto-proof majority in the Assembly. A list of the candidates running for the House can be found here.

NOTE: If you’re unsure which state district you’re in, type in your address at Open States to get that info.

A Final Note
For a more complete list of state races in the primary, visit Ballotpedia: Wisconsin Elections 2018You can enter your address at 411Vote to see a sample ballot. To learn about events featuring candidates running for office, connect with your local chapter of the Wisconsin Democrats.

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