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