MADISON (WKOW) — The countdown is on as candidates are pushing their campaigns into high gear for the August primary with all eyes on which Democrat will face off against Gov. Scott Walker in November.
An NBC/Marist poll said State Superintendent Tony Evers is the likely candidate. He received 26 percent support with others just in the single digits. It’s even more proof for one Democrat to finally decide who to back.
"I’m getting behind Tony Evers simply because K-12 education has always been important to me and protecting those funds now more than ever," said State Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton).
Even if Evers doesn’t come out on top, the battle now for the remaining candidates is going after the growing field of undecided voters.
"Look at what’s happening, the person that’s undecided is winning and those are the people we need to meet — we need to convince," said Democratic gubernatorial candidate Kathleen Vinehout.
The polls also reveals that no matter who the Democratic nominee is, Walker only has 34 percent of voters supporting him for re-election while 61 percent want a new person in charge.
"In the end no matter what, every Democrat has to fall back and support that candidate as best as we can because if we’re not motivated to make big changes in the state, beginning with Scott Walker in November, I don’t know what it’s going to take to motivate Democrats," said Sen. Erpenbach.
In the U.S. Senate race, Kevin Nicholson received 38 percent backing with Leah Vukmir garnering 35 percent. Both trail Democratic incumbent Sen. Tammy Baldwin, she recorded double digits lead in both matchups. Big money is being spent on the race with Baldwin reporting she raised $1.2 million in the first 25 days of July. That’s more than either Republican gained between April and June.
The Democratic Governors Association reported it plans to boost its spending to $3.8 million for the eventual Democratic gubernatorial nominee. This is in response to the Republican Governors Association’s investment of $5.7 million.