Odds Rise for GOP Senate Pickup in Wisconsin

By John Gizzi, Human Events - August 23, 2011

One week after the last of the nine recall elections in Wisconsin were held and Republicans clung to their majority in the state senate, there are strong signs Republican strength in the Badger State is on the rise.  Not only has the long-planned Democratic attempt to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker run out of steam, but the odds have risen dramatically on a Republican pickup of the seat of retiring Democratic U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl in 2012.
After more than $40 million spent by both sides in the nationally watched recall contests long considered the “dress rehearsal” for a January recall of the conservative Walker, public opinion has shifted against it.  Where a Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey in May showed voters statewide favoring a recall of Walker by a margin of 50% to 47%, the same survey in the last two weeks showed that the margin was reversed, that voters opposed recalling Walker by 50% to 46%.  In addition, the PPP found that 43% of Wisconsin voters were happy with the results of the Aug. 9 recall elections that left Republicans in control of the senate and 39% were unhappy.

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