Wisconsin Added To Public Advocate Survey Program-- Conservatives Optimistic
Public Advocate president Eugene Delgaudio said today: "In response to decisions by the massive gay lobbies and their pro-homosexual allies deciding to risk pro-homosexual Senator Tammy Baldwin in the current election cycle, Public Advocate will conduct a traditional survey program in Wisconsin. CNN hates me, our candidates and Public Advocate's survey program, now watch them boil up some more."
Sen. Tammy Baldwin wants everyone to know she could lose.
It's an unusual message for any candidate, but the liberal Democrat from Wisconsin is sounding the alarm after Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer effectively declared the first-term senator a favorite to keep her seat in November by leaving her off their lists of top-tier Senate races. After their pronouncements, major outside groups in both parties skipped Wisconsin in their initial $120 million of spending planned for this fall - triggering fears among state Democrats that the party will take victory for granted.
But there's palpable concern here among Democrats - and Baldwin especially - that Wisconsin is ripe for a repeat of 2016, when Donald Trump carried the state by less than a percentage point and GOP Sen. Ron Johnson surged to a surprise reelection behind a flood of late spending from conservative groups.
"My first reaction when somebody said Mitch McConnell said something about Wisconsin not being on the [list], I said tell that to the Koch brothers network. Please tell that to Richard Uihlein," Baldwin said Thursday in an interview at a local diner after chatting with a few late-afternoon patrons. She was name checking top GOP donors who have already invested millions against her, despite the views of national party leaders.
Baldwin might have reason to worry. She's the most liberal of the 10 Democrats up for reelection in states Trump won. She's voted with the president just 22 percent of the time, the lowest among her 2018 colleagues, and is the only one to support Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All plan. A near-constant refrain from Republicans is that she's out of touch with her state - they say she represents only the "isthmus of Madison."