Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Houston, we may have a problem...

OK, I'll admit that I'm probably reading too much into this. Maybe I'm seeing trends where none exist. However, I am a little concerned with the vote numbers from last night's Gubernatorial primary.

Overall, Tom Barrett gained just shy of 211,000 votes. Walker gained 360,000. The biggest issues I saw were in Dane, Brown, Racine, and Kenosha counties. As we all know, Dane county is the second biggest liberal block of voters in the state. Brown, Racine, and Kenosha have a lot of union members who tend to vote democratic. The voter turnout for the democratic primary in all four of those counties seemed to me as remarkably low. Either there was no reason for the dems to come out (likely) or they crossed over to try to get the weaker candidate elected (way less likely).

While all the talking heads love to play all these conspiracy theories about liberal voters crossing over, I have a hard time believing it is widespread. Sure, there probably are some (one such voter is talking to Jeff Wagner as I type this), but the overall numbers are probably very low. What is more likely is that with so few big races on the democratic side this time around, most of the voters stayed home.

And that's where the problem lies. Statewide, there is at least 150,000 democratic voters that stayed home. Walker has a ton of work left. He has to get over the Milwaukee bias, the fact that Neumann was very successful in selling the 'not a career politician' idea, and the fact that he will need a lot more support if he wants to be elected.

That's where we come in folks. We need to help out and get things rolling into high gear for Scott. Friends, family, co-workers, pets (ok, maybe not pets!) all need to be convinced to show up in November. There's a lot of work to do and not a whole lot of time to do it in!

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