By Wisconsin Reporter
MADISON — As the calendar nudges closer to Tuesday’s recall primary elections, the national media hones its attention on the Badger State for what’s being called the second most important U.S. election of the year.
“America is going to find out the answer to what is more powerful: The people or the money (and) special interests from Washington, D.C.? Wisconsin will answer that question,” Christie said at a campaign stop in Oak Creek.
Campaign fundraising reports
Plenty of money is going around for what’s being called the most expensive election in Wisconsin history. Walker pulled in $13.1 million in first quarter fundraising, bringing his total since January 2011 to more than $25 million.
His top opponents, former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, raked in just under $1 million and $831,508, respectively. Barrett’s fundraising totals his first 25 days in the race, while Falk has campaigned since the mid-January reporting date.
As for fundraising in the other recall races, those involving four state senators and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch:
- The campaign for Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, raised $231,287 with $427,373 on hand. Lori Compas, a Fort Atkinson Democrat who faces a “fake” or “protest” candidate in next week’s primary, raised $104,622 and has $85,000 on hand.
- The report for GOP Sen. Terry Moulton, of Chippewa Falls, raised $102,631.42, neck and neck with his opponent, former state Rep. Kristen Dexter, D-Eau Claire, who reported she had garnered $102,289.37 with $47,000 on hand. Moulton has $195,530.78 on hand.
- The campaign for state Rep. Jerry Petrowski, of Marathon, the Republicans’ choice for a fill-in for former state Sen. Pam Galloway, of Wausau, after she resigned, raised $86,512.91 and finished the first quarter with $78,819.16 on hand. His opponent, state Rep. Donna Seidel, D-Wausau, was the only Democratic candidate of any recall to out raise a Republican counterpart. Seidel raised $97,125.70 and finished with $36,776.26 on hand.
- State Sen. Van Wanggaard, R-Racine, raised $130,657.26 and has $191,033.13 on hand. His opponent, the former state Sen. John Lehman, of Racine, raised $103,744.46 and had $93,750.50 on hand.
- Kleefisch’s campaign raised $540,562.20 and finished the quarter with $424,855.94 on hand. Democratic opponent Mahlon Mitchell raised $135,563.07 and has $98,949 on hand. The other Democratic opponent, Ira Robins, raised $2,160.32 and had $9.66 on hand.
Candidates hit the trail
Barrett was joined on the campaign trail by the retiring U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl earlier in the week for his “Restore Wisconsin Values Tour.”
Falk kicked off a 36-county “Grassroots Express” tour of the state Monday.
Marquette Law School in Milwaukee released updates to its state political poll showing Barrett with a decisive lead over Falk heading into the final week of campaigning before the primary election, which will be held Tuesday.
Falk earned endorsements from the state’s top labor unions, but the poll indicates Barrett has been more palatable to Wisconsin voters thus far. According to the poll, however, 16 percent of respondents said they haven’t yet made up their minds for the Democratic primary.
Meanwhile, some are criticizing Wisconsin’s use of electronic voting machines as the historic recalls, scheduled for June 5, near.
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