It has been presumed for months that two-term Governor and former Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker would run for a third term, and now he has made the speculation official. Yesterday, Mr. Walker declared his candidacy for re-election and appears in a credible position to win again.
Wisconsin voters have a history of awarding long tenures to its Governors. Republican former Gov. Tommy Thompson was elected four consecutive times beginning in 1986, for example.
Thirteen Democrats are in the race, but likely the most prominent are Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers and Madison Mayor Paul Soglin. Gov. Walker can expect a competitive general election regardless of whom he eventually faces. The Wisconsin primary won’t be until August, so it will be months until we see how the Democratic primary actually unfolds.
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