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Dozen Democrats – and Counting – Ready to Go Against Scott Walker

Matt Flynn, a former chairman of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, said he’s the Democrat with the best chance of beating Gov. Scott Walker (R) in 2018.

But there are at least 11 other Wisconsin Democrats who disagree. Flynn is only one of a dozen Democrats who have declared their candidacies in the party’s 2018 gubernatorial primary.

Another seven Democrats have yet to declare their intention to run, but they have the paperwork in place to make that happen.

Only Ryan Cason has filed to run in the GOP gubernatorial primary against Walker.

Walker declared his candidacy a week ago and promised voters, that if elected, he will finish out the four-year term. In other words, he won’t be running for the GOP 2020 presidential nomination.

Walker told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel the day before his re-election campaign announcement he intends to stay in the Wisconsin governor’s office through January 2023.

“Absolutely," Walker said of his intent to serve the entire term. "I just think there’s more work to be done, and one of the great joys I have is traveling the state and seeing how proud people are of their ... communities and I want to be part of that for the next four years."

The morning after Walker announced he’d run for a third term in office, Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairwoman Martha Laning blasted his record and lampooned the idea of a “new” Scott Walker.

“Kicking off another campaign today, Scott Walker said that after seven years, he now wants to begin to focus on the rest of us in Wisconsin,” Laning said.

"The greatest evidence that Scott Walker has failed Wisconsin is his own admission that in order to stand a chance at re-election, he must pretend to be the kind of public servant he has never actually been in his entire 25 years in Wisconsin government,” Laning added.

Could it happen? Could the Democrats unseat Walker?

An Oct. 26 Public Policy Polling survey showed Walker is vulnerable. The poll showed Walker losing to a generic Democrat 48-43 percent. However, Dean Debnam, president of PPP, pointed out voters never vote for a “generic candidate."

Still, Debnam said the PPP numbers show the race for Wisconsin governor is, at this point, a toss-up.

“Scott Walker’s been a political survivor in the past,” said Debnam. “But 2018 is shaping up to be a completely different political landscape for Republicans from either 2010 or 2014, and he’s had sustained low approval numbers the last few years.”

Debnam said the Foxconn deal didn’t do Walker any good. On top of that, he said, Wisconsin voters also believe the quality of public schools, along with that of roads and highways, has slipped while Walker has been in office.