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Election turnout could indicate fired up voters

The primary election didn’t create too many surprises for political analysts with most of the favorites winning their party’s nominations.

On the heels of winning the democratic nomination, Tony Evers faces a tough opponent in Governor Scott Walker. UW-La Crosse political science professor Anthony Chergosky says it won’t be easy.

"Scott Walker is tremendously battle tested," Chergosky explained. "He’s won elections in 2010, 2014 and the recall."

Voting numbers could indicate fired up constituents. Tuesday’s turnout was the highest for a primary since 2002. Chergosky expects to see attack ads often.

"Walker is going to try to define Tony Evers before Tony Evers really has a chance to define himself," he said.

Walker will use the progress Wisconsin’s seen under his leadership to sway voters while Evers will use education as a centerpiece. 

Another important race came between Leah Vukmir who won the republican nomination and U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin. However, Vukmir has a big hill to climb facing Baldwin according to political analysts.

"She has decent approval ratings, but again the broader context of this election year would tend to favor the Democratic party," he added.

That’s not to say Vukmir won’t stand a chance. Chergosky says Vukmir is a strong candidate overcame millions in attack ads, but must work to get the swing voters to cast ballots in her favor.

"How do you demonstrate enough independence from the president to satisfy a general election voter?" he finished.

Chergosky feels voters will need to overcome major spending this fall to focus on the actual proposals from each of the candidates.


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