Evers could face an uphill battle in the next unpredictable government election The Badger Herald
A recent law school at Marquette University survey found that incumbent approval ratings in different offices and parties are falling as officials head into midterm elections, and Gov. Tony Evers is no exception.
the survey found that Evers’ job approval rating is 45%, while 46% disapprove. That’s down from his 51% approval rating in February 2020. While 42% of respondents view him favorably, 45% view him unfavorably.
University of Wisconsin political science expert on elections Barry Burden noted that in general the public is unhappy with most people in office and that’s a disadvantage Evers will be at. faced in the gubernatorial elections this fall.
Many Wisconsin residents are frustrated with Evers’ handling of COVID-19 policies, gas prices, the economy and the shooting of Jacob Blake — all frustrations Republicans are using as campaign strategies, a Burden said.
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Only 40% of Marquette respondents survey said they would vote for Evers.
Burden said Evers’ main advantage in the election is that he is the current governor and will have no financial problems. Burden also said Republican candidates are mostly focused on each other right now, rather than attacking Evers’ policies.
Burden said most of Evers’ time in office was battling the Republican legislature, which didn’t allow him to do much.
“He doesn’t have a long list of legislative accomplishments, because of the Republican legislature,” said Charles Franklin, poll director at Marquette University School of Law. BNC News.
Evers pointed to the two fiscal budgets he signed to entice voters. These budgets cut taxes for middle-class people, according to PA News.
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PA News also reported that Evers is strategizing about campaign pressure from the Republican Party to undermine the 2020 election by arguing that they are radical extremists.
One of three Republican candidates… Wisconsin Assemblyman Timothy Ramthun is advocating for a 2020 election recall, according to Burden.
Burden called Ramthun “a rogue character in the party” and doesn’t think he’s the frontrunner, but said he’s likely to get votes from the more hardline side of the party.
The leading Republican candidate right now is former GOP Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, according to BNC News. Kleefisch’s campaign is mostly focused on attacking how Evers handled the Kenosha shooting, NBC News noted. His campaign video published in September detailed the rise in crime in Wisconsin and how Evers failed to respond adequately to the shooting.
Kleefisch said in her video that she didn’t think Evers cared enough about the people of Wisconsin based on her response to the shooting.
Kevin Nicholson, a former Marine who has never held office, is another Republican candidate. He is highly critical of anyone in power and fits more into the Trump mold of the party, according to Burden. Nicholson also strongly criticized Kleefisch’s campaign, Burden said.
Evers will be in an uphill battle for re-election this year based on polls and history, according to PA News —Evers beat Walker by less than 30,000 votes in 2018, and the presidential party candidate has lost in the last eight gubernatorial races in Wisconsin.
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Burden also noted that the Senate election between incumbent Senator Ron Johnson and Democratic leader Mandela Barnes will be important to watch in conjunction with the gubernatorial race, as he believes they are likely to have the same outcome as far as concerns the leading party.
“These two races are going to interact in ways that I can’t predict,” Burden said.