WI-GOV, WI-SEN: Doyle, Feingold lead most of the GOP Field

Via Research 2000:

Jim Doyle (D-inc): 48
Scott Walker (R)
: 36
: 16

Jim Doyle (D-inc): 49
Mark Neumann (R): 35
: 16

Jim Doyle (D-inc): 45
Tommy Thompson (R): 47
: 8
(MoE: ±4%)

Embarrassingly low poll numbers for Democrat Doyle in a Moderately Democratic state like Wisconsin. His unflattering 43-48 approval rating can’t be helping matters either. Former Governor Tommy Thompson remains popular (54-36), but only holds Doyle to a dead heat, which is troubling. Maybe Barack Obama’s 14-point margin over John McCain is a signal that Wisconsin’s politics have changed, or it could be that voters are just tired of Thompson, who was elected to four terms as Governor. I don’t think Thompson runs. However, Doyle may not run either. But if Doyle runs and loses, then that will be a strong signal of displeasure with the Democrats control. More polling tested his replacement(likely Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton) against the GOP.

Barbara Lawton (D)
: 44
Scott Walker (R)
: 35
: 21

Barbara Lawton (D): 43
Mark Neumann (R)
: 35
: 22

Barbara Lawton (D): 44
Tommy Thompson (R)
: 46
: 10

Lawton currently holds a 35-17 favorability rating, which helps her immensely. The fact that she starts off with a 9% advantage is troubling, however. Research 2000 also did a poll on the WI-SEN race, where Senator Russ Feingold is up for re-election.

Russ Feingold (D-inc): 53
Paul Ryan (R)
: 32
: 15

Russ Feingold (D-inc): 52
Mark Green
: 34
: 14

Congressman Paul Ryan has reportedly ruled out a bid for the Senate in 2010. Former Congressman and former US ambassador to Tanzania Mark Green is currently busy working for an anti-malaria non-profit group in DC, so he’s out too.

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