Election

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Election day is more than six weeks away, but one thing is almost assured: the war of attack ads will continue to heat up in the coming days. And that’s where we start our Informed Voter series  — a collaboration between WUWM and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to answer questions texted to us from potential Wisconsin voters.

Beatrice in Washington County wants to know:

Maayan Silver

Wisconsin Democratic candidate for governor Tony Evers had a heavy hitter stumping with him in Milwaukee on Tuesday.

President Obama’s attorney general, Eric Holder, came to town to throw his support behind the candidate and his running mate, Mandela Barnes.

All three showed up at Coffee Makes You Black, a coffee shop in Milwaukee’s 53206 neighborhood, to speak on a panel for criminal justice reform with Milwaukee Municipal Court Judge Valarie Hill. Before that, they faced reporters for a press conference.

The new Marquette Law School Poll shows Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tony Evers has pulled ahead of Republican incumbent Scott Walker. At the same time, Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin has a sizable lead over her challenger, Republican state Sen. Leah Vukmir, according to the survey.

In a troubling sign for Republicans less than two months before November's elections, Democrats' advantage on the question of which party Americans are more likely to vote for in November is ballooning, according to a new NPR/Marist poll.

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Wisconsin’s candidates for governor touted their education priorities at back-to-school events this week. They're also continuing to criticize each other.

Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign released its first attack ad against Democrat challenger Tony Evers. It claims that as state superintendent, Evers failed to protect children from a teacher who viewed pornography at work.

The story is one of the main lines of attack Republicans backing Walker are using against Evers.

Back to school events drew the attention of the two major candidates in the race for governor. Republican Gov. Scott Walker visited a suburban charter school, while Democratic candidate Tony Evers, head of the Department of Public Instruction, went to an MPS school.

Walker made an early morning appearance at the first independent charter school in Waukesha County, La Casa De Esperanza.

November’s midterm elections could change the balance of power here in Wisconsin and in the U.S. Congress. From hotly contested races to the security of elections themselves, WUWM 89.7 FM - Milwaukee's NPR and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel are partnering to help you gain a better understanding of what’s at stake on Nov. 6.

This biweekly series, called Informed Voter: Wisconsin's Midterm Elections, is an opportunity for you to connect with our reporters to have your election-related questions answered — on-air, online and via text.

The new Marquette Law School poll shows tight races for Wisconsin governor and U.S. Senate. The results reflect a survey conducted after the Aug. 14 partisan primary election.

The poll shows Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tony Evers and Republican Gov. Scott Walker tied at 46 percent among likely voters. In the new poll, Evers is two points behind Walker when it comes to registered voters.

Like their counterparts across the country, Wisconsin Democrats eager to win back the House and make gains in the Senate have been watching primary election voter turnout with bated breath. This week, they found reason to be hopeful: turnout in the state's primary on Tuesday soared to its highest level since 2002, with a surge in Democratic votes.

Teran Powell

The Wisconsin partisan primary is over and the results have set the stage for the general election in November. To help put those results into perspective, Lake Effect's Joy Powers chatted with Lilly Goren, professor of political science at Carroll University.

VIEW: Wisconsin 2018 Primary Election Results

Tuesday's elections in four states — Wisconsin, Minnesota, Connecticut and Vermont — produced some noteworthy results.

Here are four takeaways:

1. It was a big night for Democratic diversity

Christine Hallquist, a former energy company executive, became the first openly transgender person to win a major party's nomination for governor. And the Democrat's candidacy may not be one just for the trivia books — she has a chance at winning this fall.

Republican Bryan Steil, former aide to House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Democratic union ironworker Randy Bryce will challenge each other for Ryan’s House seat in November’s general election.

Steil beat out five other Republican competitors. He outraised them and secured the backing of prominent donors and Republicans, including Ryan who announced earlier this year that he wouldn’t seek re-election this fall.

Chuck Quirmbach

Republican Leah Vukmir will challenge Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin in November’s general election, as Vukmir won Tuesday’s partisan primary for Wisconsin U.S. Senate.

Leading up to primary election day, the race between Vukmir and her major contender Kevin Nicholson was close. Both she and Nicholson ran as strong supporters of President Donald Trump.

Susan Bence

Tony Evers will face-off with Republican Gov. Scott Walker in November’s general election, as he won Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

He beat out seven other Democratic candidates vying for the chance to challenge Walker. Lucas was the only one who's won a statewide election before and now faces his biggest challenge yet.

Walker has built up a big financial advantage for his re-election bid. He's already run many television ads touting his record of the past eight years.

Gabrielle Powell

Earnell Lucas won Tuesday's Democratic primary for Milwaukee County Sheriff.

He beat two other Democrats running for sheriff, Acting Sheriff Richard Schmidt and Milwaukee County Deputy Sheriff Robert Ostrowski. Lucas will likely win the Nov. 6 general election, as no Republicans ran in the primary. However, there still may be Republican write-ins.

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