2014 Wisconsin elections

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The Wisconsin general elections, 2014 was held in the U.S. state of Wisconsin on November 4, 2014. All of Wisconsin's executive officers were up for election as well as Wisconsin's eight seats in the United States House of Representatives. Primary elections were held on August 12, 2014.

Governor and Lieutenant Governor[edit]

Incumbent Republican Governor Scott Walker and Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, first elected in 2010, are running for re-election to a second term in office. Both Walker and Kleefisch also survived a recall attempt in 2012. They were unopposed in their respective primaries.

Democrat Mary Burke, Madison school board member and former Secretary of Commerce under Governor Jim Doyle, will run in the general election with running mate State Senator John Lehman. Burke and Lehman defeated Assemblyman Brett Hulsey and Mary Jo Walters respectively in the August 12 primary.

Libertarian Robert Burke (with running mate Joseph Brost) and Peoples Party candidate Dennis Fehr will also be on the ballot in November. Mary Jo Walters is also running a write-in campaign for governor after losing the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor.

Attorney General[edit]

Republican incumbent J. B. Van Hollen, first elected in 2006, is not seeking a third term in office.

Republican primary[edit]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Susan Happ
County District Attorneys
Ismael Ozanne
Statewide politicians
County District Attorneys
Local politicians
  • Joe Parisi, Dane County Executive
  • Dave Mahoney, Dane County Sheriff
  • Carlo Esqueda, Dane County Clerk of Courts
  • Bob Spoden, Rock County Sheriff
  • Shawn Pfaff, Fitchburg Mayor

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Susan Happ 144,367 52.1
Democratic Jon Richards 90,101 32.5
Democratic Ismael Ozanne 42,555 15.4
Total votes 277,023 100

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Brad Schimel, Waukesha County District Attorney (R)
  • Susan Happ, Jefferson County District Attorney (D)
  • Thomas Nelson (L)

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Brad
Schimel (R)
Susan
Happ (D)
Other Undecided
Marquette University October 23–26, 2014 1,164 LV ± 3% 43.1% 38.7% 0.9% 17.3%
1,409 RV ± 2.7% 39.5% 39.5% 1.1% 19.8%
WPR/St. Norbert College October 18–21, 2014 525 ± 4.4% 41% 40% 19%
Marquette University October 9–12, 2014 803 LV ± 3.5% 41.5% 41.5% 17%
1,004 RV ± 3.2% 39.1% 39% 0.2% 21.7%
Marquette University September 25–28, 2014 585 LV ± 4.1% 40.9% 38.7% 1.1% 19.3%
801 RV ± 3.5% 36.9% 37.4% 1% 24.5%
Marquette University September 11–14, 2014 589 LV ± 4.1% 41.9% 40.6% 0.4% 17%
800 RV ± 3.5% 38.3% 38.7% 1% 22%
Marquette University August 21–24, 2014 609 LV ± 4.1% 32% 42.5% 0.6% 24.9%
815 RV ± 3.5% 32.8% 39.5% 0.7% 27.1%

Secretary of State[edit]

Incumbent Democrat Doug La Follette, first elected in 1982 (and also serving from 1975–1979), is running for a ninth non-consecutive term.

Democratic primary[edit]

  • Incumbent Doug La Follette ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination.

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Julian Bradley, Telecommunications manager
  • Garey Bies, Assemblyman

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Julian Bradley 138,734 64.8
Republican Garey Bies 75,340 35.2
Total votes 214,074 100

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Doug La Follette, Incumbent (D)
  • Julian Bradley, Telecommunications manager (R)
  • Andy Craig, Deputy Director, Wisconsin Liberty Coalition (L)
  • Jerry Broitzman (C)

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Doug
La Follette (D)
Julian
Bradley (R)
Undecided
Gravis Marketing October 3–4, 2014 837 ± 3% 44% 43% 13%
Gravis Marketing September 22–23, 2014 908 ± 3% 50% 37% 13%
Gravis Marketing July 31–August 2, 2014 1,346 ± 3% 46% 39% 15%

Treasurer[edit]

Incumbent Republican Kurt W. Schuller, first elected in 2011, is not seeking a second term.

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Matt Adamczyk 132,596 61.8
Republican Randall Melchert 82,108 38.2
Total votes 214,074 100

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Dave Sartori 119,504 51.6
Democratic Dave Leeper 112,225 48.4
Total votes 231,729 100

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Matt Adamczyk, legislative staffer (R)
  • Dave Sartori, former Greenfield alderman (D)
  • Jerry Shidell, former Rhinelander mayor (L)
  • Andrew Zuelke, businessman (C)
  • Ron Hardy, Winnebago County Supervisor (G)

Polling[edit]

United States House of Representatives[edit]

All 8 of Wisconsin's congressional districts will be up for election in November. All eight incumbent Representatives are running for reelection, save for District 6, where incumbent Tom Petri is retiring.

State Senate[edit]

17 of the Wisconsin State Senate's 33 seats are up for election in November.

Parties Total
Republican Democratic
Last election (2012) 18 15 33
Before this election 17 15 32
Not up 8 8 16
Up 10[3] 7 17
Incumbent retiring 4 3 7
Incumbent running 6 4 10

State Assembly[edit]

All 99 seats of the Wisconsin State Assembly are up for election in November. 21 Assemblymen (14 Republicans, 7 Democrats) are not seeking re-election.

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Republican Democratic Vacant
Before 2014 elections 60 39 99 0
Latest voting share 61% 39%
Election results TBD 99 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Wisconsin 2014 fall primary election results". Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
  2. ^ "Should error disqualify Gravis poll from Wisconsin governor's race poll averaging model?". The Cap Times. October 3, 2014. Retrieved October 6, 2014.
  3. ^ Includes a seat vacated by Republican Neal Kedzie in June 2014.