The Bucks Stop in Wisconsin

The Badger State's Senate race is attracting more early outside spending than others.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., right, accompanied by, from left, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, to unveil "A Better Deal On Trade and Jobs," to put American workers first and fight back against companies that outsource jobs and countries that manipulate trade laws.
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Kimberly Railey
Nov. 1, 2017, 10:38 a.m.

The Wisconsin Senate race is attracting outside spending like it’s already 2018.

Senate Majority PAC on Tuesday became the latest organization to enter the fray, dropping $1 million to praise Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s record on taxes. That came after a $1.6 million expenditure from the Koch-backed Freedom Partners for an ad campaign that skewers Baldwin as a supporter of tax hikes.

Meanwhile, organizations tied to GOP mega-donor Richard Uihlein have shelled out $935,000 attacking Baldwin since May, according to a Democrat tracking ad buys. The League of Conservation Voters is also on the air with a $300,000 buy to praise Baldwin for protecting the Great Lakes.

In an interview Tuesday, SMP President J.B. Poersch characterized his group’s early spending simply as a response to Baldwin attacks, rather than as a sign of Democrats’ concern about her vulnerability in a state President Trump narrowly won. “In every poll I’ve seen, she’s up,” Poersch said, while highlighting the bruising GOP primary between Leah Vukmir and Kevin Nicholson.

-- Kimberly Railey


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