UNDATED (WSAU) Despite what some national pundits say, Wisconsin probably won’t be voting for the next president tomorrow, depending on who it chooses in the governor’s recall election.
Democratic strategist John Lapp says Republican Governor Scott Walker’s recall contest is quote, “a Wisconsin-specific moment, not a national referendum.” And regardless of whether Democrat Tom Barrett unseats Walker, both parties agree there’s too much time between now and November for both President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney not to fight hard to win Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes.
Although Obama has not personally appeared with Barrett, his campaign has set up a dozen offices around Wisconsin. And the Walker recall caused them to hit the ground running. An estimated one-third of Wisconsin’s voters are independents, and a recent Marquette poll showed that both the Democratic president and Walker had slight leads in the Badger State.
But if Barrett wins, Obama might not be guaranteed a Wisconsin victory if the economy slips between now and November. G-O-P pollster says the public gets frustrated when they see people quote, “take their eye off the economy for politics’ sake.” Walker leads in all polls, although some are showing results within the margin of error. And if he wins tomorrow, the Romney campaign says they’ll campaign more actively in Wisconsin than it otherwise would have.
The state G-O-P says Walker’s campaign offices will start working for Romney as soon as the governor’s election is over. Republicans have not carried Wisconsin in the presidential race since 1984.