- Post 04 June 2012
A bitterly contested state Supreme Court race in April 2011 — when incumbent Justice David Prosser narrowly survived a recount — was followed by a state Senate recall primary and general elections through the summer, municipal voting in February, the presidential primary in April and more recall primaries on May 8, including one for governor.
If there's any state that epitomizes what the permanent campaign feels like, it's this one. Wisconsin voters essentially have been asked to cast ballots every 60 days for more than a year, and they've been exposed to a relentless barrage of television and radio advertisements, mailers, phone calls, yard signs, stump speeches and debates.
All told, close to $110 million in political advertising has been spent through May 21, according to Mike McCabe of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, which tracks such spending, and it's left residents with a bad case of election fatigue.
"And that leaves a good three weeks of spending not accounted for yet," McCabe cautioned. "Just a ton of money for a relatively small state. Insane." ... continues...