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2010 Governor Races

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Wisconsin Governor - Walker vs. Barrett

Candidates

Tom Barrett

Tom Barrett (D)

Bio | Campaign Site

Scott Walker

Scott Walker (R)

Bio | Campaign Site

Wisconsin Snapshot

RCP Average:
RCP Ranking:
2010 Key Races:
Senate | WI-3 | WI-7 | WI-8

----------PAST KEY RACES----------


2008:
President | WI-8
2006: Governor | WI-8
2004: President | Senate

Polling Data

PollDateSampleBarrett (D)Walker (R)Spread
Final Results----46.652.3Walker +5.7
RCP Average10/25 - 10/28--43.352.0Walker +8.7
McClatchy/Marist10/26 - 10/28491 LV4451Walker +7
PPP (D)10/26 - 10/281372 LV4453Walker +9
Rasmussen Reports10/25 - 10/25750 LV4252Walker +10

All Wisconsin Governor - Walker vs. Barrett Polling Data

Race Analysis

Wisconsin has a long history of elcting progressive politicians, first from the Republican Party, later from the Democratic Party.  Robert LaFollette and his sons were the typical mold for a Wisconsin governor for most of the 20th Century.  But during the Great Depression progressives swung toward the Democrats nationally; the state Republican Party became more conservative, and the state Democratic Party began to grow.

During the mid-Twentieth Century, Wisconsin favored liberal Democrats for its governors, including the famed Gaylord Nelson and Patrick Lucey.  But in the late 1900s, it became a laboratory for conservative politics under Tommy Thompson.  The pendulum swung back in 2002, when the state elected Jim Doyle governor.

Doyle was never extremely popular, and in 2010 he opted not to run for re-election.  The Republicans nominated Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker, while the Democrats turned to Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, a favorite of the Obama Administration.

Polling Data

PollDateSampleBarrett (D)Walker (R)Spread
Final Results----46.652.3Walker +5.7
RCP Average10/25 - 10/28--43.352.0Walker +8.7
McClatchy/Marist10/26 - 10/28491 LV4451Walker +7
PPP (D)10/26 - 10/281372 LV4453Walker +9
Rasmussen Reports10/25 - 10/25750 LV4252Walker +10
WPR/St. Norbert10/12 - 10/15402 LV4150Walker +9
CNN/Time10/8 - 10/12931 LV4452Walker +8
Rasmussen Reports10/11 - 10/11750 LV4251Walker +9
Reuters/Ipsos10/8 - 10/11451 LV4252Walker +10
Rasmussen Reports9/29 - 9/29750 LV4450Walker +6
FOX News/POR-Rasmussen9/25 - 9/251000 LV4549Walker +4
CNN/Time9/17 - 9/21963 LV4253Walker +11
Daily Kos/PPP (D)9/18 - 9/19665 LV4150Walker +9
Rasmussen Reports9/15 - 9/15750 LV4351Walker +8
Rasmussen Reports8/24 - 8/24750 LV4447Walker +3
Rasmussen Reports8/10 - 8/10750 LV4149Walker +8
Rasmussen Reports7/27 - 7/27750 LV4350Walker +7
Rasmussen Reports7/13 - 7/13750 LV4448Walker +4
PPP (D)6/26 - 6/27638 LV3845Walker +7
Rasmussen Reports6/21 - 6/21500 LV4149Walker +8
Rasmussen Reports5/25 - 5/25500 LV4148Walker +7
Rasmussen Reports4/20 - 4/20500 LV4446Walker +2
WPR/St. Norbert3/23 - 3/31400 A2844Walker +16
PPP (D)3/20 - 3/21700 LV3942Walker +3
Rasmussen Reports3/16 - 3/16500 LV4248Walker +6
WPRI3/7 - 3/9600 LV3236Walker +4
Rasmussen Reports2/17 - 2/17500 LV4049Walker +9
Rasmussen Reports1/26 - 1/26500 LV3848Walker +10
Mellman Group (D)1/11 - 1/14600 LV4039Barrett +1