On September 28th, CARW and GMAR PAC investors heard from two of the best political strategists in our State: Bill McCoshen, republican strategist with Capitol Partners, and Joe Zepecki democrat strategist with Zepecki Communications. Both speakers shared their thoughts on the state of the Senate race, Governor’s race and the AG’s race. They discussed the polling patterns and issues driving turnout and registration. Both agreed that this election, like so many, would be about turnout. Many of the races are extremely contentious and also very expensive. Bill McCoshen reported that more than $96M has already been spent in the Governor’s race. In Wisconsin, both Bill and Joe suggested we would see higher turnout than in the past based on what they saw in the primary election, and given that Wisconsin is a traditionally high-turnout state. They expect 2.8 million of the 3.4 million registered voters (more than 80% as compared to 2020 where 73% voted). Wisconsin, mind you, allows for same-day registration. According to polling and statements from McCoshen, republican voters and independent voters are concerned about 1) inflation; 2) election integrity and 3) taxes; 4) crime. He also said that Independents rank the following: 1) inflation; 2) crime; 3) schools; 4) election integrity. Democrat voters by contract, according to polling and Zepecki, are motivated by 1) gun control; 2) abortion; 3) climate change; and 4) schools.
There were many other insights shared including thoughts on who would run for President on the Democratic and Republican ticket in 2024. If you’re interested in this or similar programming, please contact Tracy at [email protected]
Slides provided by speaker Bill McCoshen –> HERE