The 2016 spring election primary is officially in the books, and I wanted to take a few minutes to talk about this:
It’s not a small thing that after being outspent 20 to 1 by incumbent Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, challenger Chris Larson was able to eke out a narrow victory over Abele. While Larson’s win last night was by no means a guarantee he’ll win in April, his chances certainly seem to be good, given that it’s likely that at least some of the voters who supported Joseph Klein will put their support behind Chris Larson. What Larson’s victor last night shows me is that he’s at his best when he’s an underdog, and that he absolutely should not be counted out no matter the circumstances, which is a mistake many seem to have made.
If I were Chris Abele, I’d be more than a little nervous right now, because things certainly don’t look great for him right now. He appears to be getting outworked, and there’s no amount of money he can throw at the problem to make it go away.
And in the second race highlighted above, incumbent Walker-appointed Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley beat JoAnne Kloppenburg and Judge Joe Donald, with Bradley and Kloppenburg advancing to April’s election. While the fact that Bradley prevailed may seem encouraging for her conservative base, the fact that she couldn’t muster more than 50% of the vote must be troubling for the conservative shadow groups hoping to buy the election for her. After all, Joe Donald’s far from being a conservative, and I have to believe a good number of the folks for voted for Donald will migrate over to Kloppenburg and perhaps give her enough votes to push her over 50%.