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“Three Term Tony” Expected to Run Again for Governor of Wisconsin

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The cover photo of Governor Evers is distorted, hard to see, just like another term from him.

The Democrats have multiple options for 2026. They seem to be organizing early. Rebecca Kleefisch and Tim Michels ran against one another the last Primary and Tim Michels was the Republican nominee.

Many believe that the Michels victory fractured further, a divided WIGOP. 

With a roster of strong talent in all parts of the party there is no doubt the republicans will elevate a strong candidate for 2026.

The Marine

Will Kevin Nicholson make that leap to Wisconsin’s top seat? We believe everything is on the table.

Mr Nicholson’s name comes up particularly because of age, he endorsed Tim Michels showing his love for the state and the party.

Enter The Wild Card

We also believe if Robin Vos publicly supports President Trump he can mend ties between himself and the Trump Supporters. 

Robin is very in tune with what’s going on in Madison, conservative media likes him and he has won elections. 

Enter Into The Equation, Becky

It was a very badly kept secret that former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch planned to run against Gov. Tony Evers in the 2022 election.

We believe, while unlikely, there is a possibility That Mrs Kleefisch could make a final run at Wisconsin’s top Spot.

She has shown an ability to be relatable and down to earth exhibited by her doing grassroot radio shows Like the Ed Delgado Show ( Link Below)

Tony’s Third Term

MILWAUKEE CBS 58 reported that it’s not quite a re-election campaign announcement, but Governor Tony Evers hinted he isn’t ruling out a third term just yet while joking about people calling him “two-term Tony.”

“I don’t care what you call me. You can call me governor, you can call me Tony, you can call me two-term Tony or three-term Tony. I don’t mind,” Evers said at the Wisconsin Democratic Party Convention on Sunday. 

Evers is less than one year into his second term.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Professor Emeritus Mordecai Lee called Evers’ statement a smart political move.

“I think what he did was probably on purpose, in the sense of saying, ‘I’m not a lame duck. I’m not going anywhere,'” Lee said.

Wisconsin GOP Chairman Brian Schimming responded to Evers’ comment.

“He can try to disguise his status as a lame duck governor, but the only nickname that applies to Evers is “taxing Tony,” and Wisconsin taxpayers are well aware of it,” Schimming said. “If it weren’t for state legislative Republicans prioritizing responsible spending, Wisconsinites would be stuck with the Evers’ agenda: high taxes and high spending.”

Wisconsin is one of 13 states with no gubernatorial term limits. 

“Occasionally, there have been efforts in Wisconsin to do term limits in the Legislature for governor, but it’s never really gotten any traction,” Lee said.

Lee said there are pros and cons to a lack of limitations. 

“One could say if you let a governor serve unlimited terms, they’ll become re-election machines,” Lee said. “On the other hand, one could make the argument that it takes a while for a governor, just like a president, to sort of learn the office so that he or she can really fulfill the responsibilities of the office, and therefore maybe two terms aren’t enough.”

Wisconsin’s next gubernatorial election is in November 2026.

Why Wisconsin Needs a Strong Republican To Run Against Governor Evers

Portion Taken From CBS News 

The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Assembly planned to pass a nearly $3 billion income tax cut proposal Tuesday, despite promises from Democratic Gov. Tony Evers to veto it. 

(https://twitter.com/GovEvers/status/1699438636406575407)

The Assembly also planned to vote on a constitutional amendment making it harder to raise taxes. Evers won’t be able to stop the constitutional amendment which ultimately would require voter approval. Under the proposed amendment, a two-thirds supermajority vote in the Legislature would be required in order to raise taxes — a law 16 other states already have.

Wisconsin Again, A Major Focus

Portion Taken From

https://www.wglt.org/2023-08-22/republicans-focus-on-milwaukee-shows-wisconsin-will-be-a-crucial-state-again-in-2024

Wisconsin is one of the most hotly contested states in the country, and the decision by Republicans to bookend their primary process there is a clear sign that the closely divided state will, again, be a major focus in 2024.

Scott Walker, a former Wisconsin governor and a former Republican presidential candidate, said Wisconsin is the very definition of a swing state.

“Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by about 23,000 votes,” Walker said in an interview. “Four years later, it was even closer with about a 20,000-vote margin. So you’re talking about a handful of voters across a state of about 6 million people making up the difference between who carries the 10 Electoral College votes and who doesn’t.”

Wisconsin has been at the center of some critical moments in the past few elections. It used to be considered part of the Blue Wall, a term for a bloc of midwestern states that reliably voted for Democrats in presidential races since the late 1980s.

But the state slipped from the wall in 2016 when Wisconsin voted for Trump over Clinton. Joe Biden regained the state for Democrats in 2020.

Today, the state’s two U.S. senators are of opposing parties. The legislature is Republican-led, while the governor is a Democrat. And presidential races remain consistently tight.

“The thing everyone should understand about Wisconsin is that it is, most of the time, incredibly close, even when you think it can’t possibly be close,” said Ben Wikler, chair of the Wisconsin Democratic Party. “Four of the last six presidential elections have had margins of victory under 1 percentage point.”

Weakening GOP support in the suburbs

In many ways, Wisconsin is a state divided.

There are the dairy-farming, soybean-growing rural areas in the north and west — deep red and heavily backing Trump.

And there are the vote-rich urban areas around Milwaukee and Madison. The city centers and nearby suburbs, along with small university-centered cities in other parts of the state, are longstanding strongholds for Democrats.

Many suburban areas used to lean heavily for Republicans. But Democrats are gaining ground, thanks in part to Trump.

Analysts like Charles Franklin, the director of the Marquette Law School poll, say those suburban areas are becoming more diverse and voters there are far more skeptical of Trump. They are also rejecting GOP positions on things like abortion and culture issues.

“The weakening Republican support in the suburbs is not only a reaction to Donald Trump, though he’s part of it; it represents a broader movement,” Franklin said. “But it is also, I think, that the modern Republican Party has stronger appeal among very conservative and rural voters.”

Abortion on the ballot

Reproductive rights, in particular, have been motivating Wisconsin voters in the months since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the constitutional right to an abortion. The state now has a near-total ban on abortion in effect. That drove huge turnout for an election earlier this year in which Judge Janet Protasiewicz was elected after campaigning explicitly to protect abortion rights.

Democrats say they are going to build on that election success in 2024. The party worked across the state to register new voters, including major increases on college campuses in cities, said Celinda Lake, a pollster for Democrats, including President Biden.

“What’s good about Wisconsin and what is our ace in the back of our pocket is that the Supreme Court races helped to register turnout and draw the contrast on abortion,” Lake said. “And that just has to be tapped into again. It doesn’t have to be created.”

Lake said abortion has become one of the strongest motivators for voters in Wisconsin and across the country.

“People keep asking, ‘Isn’t the abortion issue going to wane?’ and my answer to them is, as long as sex and pregnancy have not ended, no, the abortion issue is not going to wane,” she said. “It’s very, very salient to women and it’s very salient to young people. And there is a very vivid contrast in Wisconsin.”

Voters were very clear about that contrast at a recent farmers market in Brookfield, a traditionally Republican suburb of Milwaukee.

Jen Koch, a registered nurse, voted for Mitt Romney in 2012 but has voted for Democratic presidential candidates since then — driven by the issue of reproductive rights.

“You know, I don’t think that you should be legislating health care decisions like that,” she said. “That should be a private decision. It doesn’t affect the people who are screaming the loudest.”

At the same market, Ellen Lindop said she’s voted for both parties, but only Democrats in the last 10 years. When asked what issues were mobilizing her, she said: “I think everyone’s top of mind [is] reproductive rights, and basically our freedoms, you know, the Republican Party talks about freedom, and I feel they’re the ones taking our freedoms away. So it’s really all about freedom.”

Democrats know they have to turn out voters like Koch and Lindop to win next year.

Republicans aim to counter on economics

But Republicans believe they can make up ground by avoiding talk of Trump and baseless claims about election fraud, and focusing instead on people’s personal sense of wellbeing.

“Every second that we spend talking about the 2020 election is a second lost, because we’re not talking about the economy,” said Bill McCoshen, a GOP strategist in Wisconsin. “At the end of the day, voters always vote their pocketbook first.”

McCoshen says Republicans can’t let Democrats outperform them so significantly in Milwaukee and Dane counties, where Milwaukee and Madison are.

“Democrats are rolling up significant margins [there],” he said. “In the last election cycle, it was nearly 300,000 votes. And it’s tough for Republicans to make that up over the remaining 70 counties. So Republicans have to do a better job in both Dane and Milwaukee County. They can’t get beat 80% to 20%, or 75% to 25%, if they want to win.”

Republicans running statewide races will also have to focus on turning out votes in vast rural areas of the state where it is traditionally harder to organize and communicate with voters.

Gene Ulm, a partner at the Republican polling firm Public Opinion Strategies, said the party needs a message that can engage them.

“We have been effective in turning out those voters in the past,” Ulm said. “I think it’s about regaining a bit of some lost magic and then applying it to new areas.”

According to Google  Beer Man Ryan Strnad opens the door for a 2026 run if Tony Evers doesn’t. Wisconsin’s next race for governor — which takes place three years from now — has its first potential contender after longtime beer vendor Ryan Strnad announced Monday he would run for the state’s top office if Democratic Gov.

With Governor Evers raising  taxes In Wisconsin on any making over $27,630 per year the Republicans need to get their candidate ready , because the Democrats are preparing to win.

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