“Firewall.” We heard that term a lot before the Nov. 8 election.
Democratic Gov. Tony Evers had to win to maintain a “firewall” that blocked 126 bills passed by Republican lawmakers. And Democrats needed a “firewall” to stop Republicans from gaining the two-thirds congressional majority necessary to overturn Evers’ veto.
So Evers’ victory over Republican Tim Michels by 51% to 49% was a big win for the Democrats. Also, Republicans would have her two-thirds of her 33-member Senate, while in the 99-member Congress, the Republican majority would be her two-thirds. will not be House Republicans won her three seats and won control 64 to 35.
Some 68,500 voters helped Senator Ron Johnson win reelection, but then voted for Evers, leading some Republicans to believe that former Republican Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefish — not Michels — would beat Evers. I am asking if it was possible. Kleefisch and the Capitol veterans who ran her campaign never reconciled with Michels’ campaign after Michels’ victory in the primary election in August.
This is just one of many lessons from Tuesday’s election.
Despite the loss, Burns built a Democratic base. Lieutenant Mandela Burns won her 1.3 million votes in losing to Johnson. It is an African-American record from Milwaukee. That’s three times his 402,798 votes that another African-American and former Supreme Court Justice Louis Butler won when he lost to former Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman in 2008. .
Burns is Milwaukee’s “hometown hero,” Democratic Rep. Gwen Moore bragged before Burns delivered a short, Bible-laced (“I ran the race”) concession speech .
Burns, 35, is a more challenged and wiser candidate who must choose his next opportunity carefully. He’s smarter because he’ll learn from the political heist he gets from “criminally soft” ads run by Johnson and a third-party group that supports Johnson.
Polls suggested crime was not a top priority for Democratic voters, but it wasn’t a major issue until the Democratic primary in August. It wasn’t, so his campaign couldn’t get an effective answer to dampen Johnson’s aggressive advertising on crime.
Last Day’s Most Important Quote: Michels told his supporters:
In damage control mode, campaign aides said their candidate was meant to bring “tax cuts, better schools, uniform electoral law, and safer communities” to grateful voters. hastily said he would choose the Republican Party.
But Evers and the Democrats told voters that it was clear what Republicans meant.As governor, he will work with Republican lawmakers to rig future elections. admitted to undermining the will of voters,” Evers’ campaign claimed.
Northwest Wisconsin is in the red: Tuesday’s election ended completely with Democrats’ claim to northwest Wisconsin. Four Republicans — Rep. Tom Tiffany, State Sen. Romain Quinn, Rep. Angie Sapik, and Chan’s Green — won.
Twenty years ago, Northwest Wisconsin was represented by Democrat Dave Obey (41 years in the House), state Senator Robert Jauch (20 years in Congress at the time), and Congressmen Frank Boyle, Gary Sherman, and Mary Hubler. was serving. .
Republicans won their first major victory in the region in 2010, with Obey’s retirement leading to the election of Republican Congressman Sean Duffy. But even then, the region was represented on the Capitol by Democrat Jokes and Congressmen Nick Milroy, Janet Beauley, and Stephen Smith.
Jauch retired in 2014. Sen now. Bewley and Congressmen Milroy and Beth Myers did not seek re-election.
A short break from campaign ads: The Feb. 21 primary is likely to take place before the April general election, which will determine whether conservatives or moderates control the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Look for campaign ads that you didn’t want to go back to early next year.
Judge Pat Roggensack is a former chief justice retiring after 20 years on the court and a member of the court’s four-judge conservative wing. The judge elected on April 4th could retain a majority or join the three moderates, so expect another high-priced partisan battle between candidates backed by both parties.
The deadline for submissions is weeks away, but the nominees announced are former Judge Daniel Kelly, Dane County Circuit Judge Everett Mitchell, and Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Janet Protasiewicz. Kelly was named to the court by former Republican Gov. Scott Walker and endorsed by former President Donald Trump before he lost the April 2020 election.
Stephen Walters began covering the Capitol in 1988. [email protected]