So how do we interpret this win? The answer is simple. John Leiber ran the Republican message against the Democrat message and the Republican message won. The Treasurer’s race proved that Wisconsinites trust Republicans more than Democrats with their money. Wisconsin elected a Treasurer who is an unapologetic fiscal Conservative.
So, why do I think Tim Michels lost? There is no one clear reason, it was many. I am not making excuses, just dissecting what I think the main issues were. Both Ron Johnson and Tony Evers were incumbents. They had no primary, both spent the most, and successfully defined their opponents before they could be defined themselves. That’s a winning formula. No incumbents lost in Wisconsin. Only one incumbent Governor lost nationally – Nevada.
Here we are, less than 24 hours from election day and the people of Wisconsin have a huge decision to make. Back in August, the people had their chance to flex their conservative muscles and chose Tim Michels for governor and Eric Toney for Attorney General. Neither of those candidates was my first choice for governor and AG, but we must rally behind both in unison if we are to have a chance at defeating Tony Evers and Josh Kaul on Tuesday. That said, to this day, while I still have my reservations about both Michels and Toney, I’m willing to give them a chance to govern.