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Swing Communities Could Sway 8th District Recall Election

Both Pasch and Darling have strongholds within district, but some communities draped in purple could be key to this election.

As Sen. Alberta Darling and Rep. Sandy Pasch campaign with just days left before Tuesday's , a few swing communities could be key to inching out a victory in the 8th Senate District race.

Both Darling and Pasch have respective strongholds that historically have voted heavily Democratic or Republican.

For example, there's little question that Darling, a Republican from River Hills, will have strong support in Menomonee Falls, Germantown and Mequon. And Pasch, a Democrat from Whitefish Bay, will likely carry Shorewood, Glendale and the small portion of Milwaukee that's in the 8th District.

In those communities, the favored party candidate won with more than 55 percent of the vote in the most recent presidential, gubernatorial, state Senate and Supreme Court races.

However, the story is different in Whitefish Bay, Fox Point, Brown Deer and River Hills, where the political environment is a shade of purple rather than red or blue.

Race could be a close one

The latest poll conducted by , shows Darling with a 5-point lead over Pasch. Two weeks ago, a poll released by the indicated just a 1-point difference between the two.

It’s unknown how this will change by Election Day, but all signs indicate a close election and votes in these "purple" communities could swing the tide of the election.

“Swing voters are going to be very significant in these elections,” said Gillian Morris, press secretary for the state Democratic Party. “The election this summer is obviously unprecedented. It’s going to be very interesting and it will be all about getting out the vote.”

Swing voters may play a role in Whitefish Bay and Fox Point, where both communities have alternated between supporting Democratic and Republican candidates.

In 2008, President Barack Obama and 8th Senate District candidate Sheldon Wasserman, both Democrats, carried Fox Point. However, the same community voted for Gov. Scott Walker in 2010 and Supreme Court Justice David Prosser, a Republican, in April.

“I think this is an indication that residents in Fox Point are voting on the issues,” said Fox Point Village President Mike West. “They are examining the candidates, staying informed and actively participate in local government. Residents don’t perennially vote one way or the other based on party lines.”

Whitefish Bay residents also showed that they won’t always vote along party lines. Obama carried Whitefish Bay in 2008, and Democrat Tom Barrett narrowly did the same in the 2010 governor's race. In April, the tables turned and Prosser carried Whitefish Bay with less than 55 percent of the vote.

“Whitefish Bay has sidewalks and streetlights, giving it an urban feel.  Yet, its demographics and housing values yield a picture of an exclusive village with a suburban identity,” said village Trustee Kevin Buckley. “Generally speaking, Democratic candidates speak to urban issues and do better there, Republicans speak to rural issues, and do better there.

"Whitefish Bay and similar suburbs are somewhere in between, and that yields a near 50-50 split between red and blue voters,” he added.

Are candidates targeting 'swing' communities?

While the swing communities could play a key role in the recall elections, both the Darling and Pasch campaigns say they aren’t specifically targeting those areas - or any areas, for that matter.

Rather, they are looking to rally support throughout the district.

“Our strategy is really to get out into every community. We aren’t just stopping in our base areas. We are everywhere,” said Dave Kreisman, Pasch’s campaign manager. “We are seeing a lot of support in Menomonee Falls, Germantown and Thiensville as well.”

Andrew Davis, Darling's campaign manager, also said the campaign's approach is not to give special attention to any one community.

Instead, they are working to meet with Darling supporters in every community – whether it’s traditionally red or blue. For Davis, the key to this election is turnout.

“We haven’t taken any special priority in one area or the next. We know this is a mid-summer race, and every vote will count, so we are trying to give attention to every supporter who is standing with us,” Davis said. “This election is all about turnout and we’ve known that since March.”

Kiernan August 07, 2011 at 03:58 PM
Yes, I'm sorry . . . I didn't mean recall . . . I meant RECOUNT. (BTW, I don't really think you're a yokel.)
Carolo August 07, 2011 at 04:15 PM
Aug 5 Walker Cuts State Healthcare....costs Wisconsin 9 million http://thinkprogress.org/health/2011/08/05/289193/wisconsin-rejects-grants-from-health-law-despite-cutting-health-services-in-state-budget/
The prosser-cuter August 07, 2011 at 05:05 PM
http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/126866498.html
The prosser-cuter August 07, 2011 at 05:07 PM
A Sandy Facist supporter just came to my door. They had these nice little scrubbed voter lists where they asked for specific people in the household! My spouse tends to vote democratic, they asked for her specifically. I saw the list, and they had the names of specific people on my block they were trying to hit up.
The prosser-cuter August 07, 2011 at 07:21 PM
@Nate - yes I live in the Falls. If Sandy Facist would have showed up with some BBQ she could have sealed the deal (not). My wife typically votes democratic, but pretty sure she will be voting for Darling for the simple reason she feels these recalls are unjustified, as stated today in the JS editiorial. My 18 year old son and about 50 of his fellow recent HS graduates are all lined up to go vote for Alberta on Tuesday!
Carolo August 07, 2011 at 09:10 PM
@Nate Reloaded..."Mine voted for Kerry when I dated her. She voted for Bush after we got married." But then, since voting booths are private, you'll never know for sure, will you. Could be she voted for who she really wanted and kept quiet to not be hassled by you telling her what to do.
Kiernan August 07, 2011 at 09:45 PM
Another reason why 18 year olds shouldn't vote. They have no life experience, and no frame of reference with which to make intellegent, far-reaching decisions. When I was 18, I thought I knew enough to vote intellegently, but I cast my first ballot for Nixon! The only reasons 18 year olds have the right to vote is so we can justify sending them to fight and die for our country.
Kiernan August 07, 2011 at 09:47 PM
Oh, for what it's worth, I've been asking every voting age kid in my neighborhood who they're voting for, and they're all lined up for Pasch.
Kiernan August 07, 2011 at 10:07 PM
You guys throw the term facist around awfully loosely, and I find it personally offensive. Do you REALLY know the definition of facist?. The dictionary defines facist as "one who advocates a system of government marked by centralization of authority under a dictator, stringent socioeconomic controls, suppression of organized labor and opposing ideologies through terror and censorship, and typically a policy of belligerent nationalism and racism." Gosh, sounds a like a description of the Walker administration. Seriously, you guys took umbrage when you thought I was calling Darling A Nazi (which I wasn't). Why, then, are you so flip about calling her opponent a facist? I find the term every bit as offensive as the "N" word, and I'll make a terms of service complaint if you don't stop it!
Craig August 07, 2011 at 10:59 PM
Some of the Pashist the facist people were going door to door in my neighborhood today....I don't know why they skipped my house. I coulda used the extra fertilizer in my garden.
The prosser-cuter August 07, 2011 at 11:08 PM
@Kiernan - Sorry to offend. I will now refer to them as Pasch-holes instead Facist's! Happy now! @Craig - As I pointed out in another thread, The Pasch-holes had scrubbed voter lists with the names and addresses of people they thought may be interested in their cause. I saw the one for my block when they stopped at my house. They had the names of specific people they wanted to talk to.
The prosser-cuter August 07, 2011 at 11:09 PM
@Kiernan - Just out of curiosity, what part of the 8th district to you live in?
Lyle Ruble August 08, 2011 at 01:25 AM
@Craig..Walker didn't outline his agenda before he was elected. Polls prove that if he had that Barrett would be governor now. Walker is known to be a liar and a cheat. Look at his history as a 2.35 student who dropped out after cheating in an election.
Lyle Ruble August 08, 2011 at 02:03 AM
LOL, Between Nate, Craig and The prosser-cuter I haven't seen so much creativity in a long time. The three of you have really sunk to new levels. If the three of you really understood what it means to call people facists I don't think you would use it. It might be great fun but it's really demeaning and after the election, no matter how it comes out, we will have to put things back together again. Don't burn any bridges that you don't have to.
The prosser-cuter August 08, 2011 at 02:13 AM
@Lyle - If you are going to call people out, you could also say the same for your friends Kiernan, Kass Tandle, and about 5 or 6 of the other regressives.
Kiernan August 08, 2011 at 02:48 AM
I live in the 24th Assembly District.
Kiernan August 08, 2011 at 02:56 AM
No, Pasch-holes is really not much better. What would be wrong with just calling them Pasch supporters?
The prosser-cuter August 08, 2011 at 03:45 AM
@Kiernan - Have to call them something, as they are so darn annoying! 24th covers MF, Gtown, and Butler if I recall correctly.
Kiernan August 08, 2011 at 04:17 AM
How about Pasch-a-fists or the Pasch-Passionate??
Kiernan August 08, 2011 at 04:25 AM
" . . . Or is it okay for 18 year olds to vote for Pasch and not Darling?" No. I believe in having an informed electorate. In my experience, many 18-year-olds are too plolitically unaware to have the vote.
Kiernan August 08, 2011 at 04:28 AM
No. I believe in having an informed electorate. In my experience, many 18-year-olds are too plolitically unaware to have the vote - - - regardless who they tend vote for.
Kiernan August 08, 2011 at 04:35 AM
"The (cavnassers) had scrubbed voter lists with the names and addresses of people they thought may be interested in their cause." The leftist, commie-loving, buggers! Imagine them going door-to-door on behalf of their candidate! Don't you suppose Darling's people also have lists are are going door to door?
The prosser-cuter August 08, 2011 at 04:59 AM
Since your side gets a lot of votes on college campuses - I don't think many lefty's would agree with your opinion. Also Kiernan, since you seem to be the grammar and spelling police on this board because of your self proclaimed intelligence, I would like to point out that there is no such word as "plolitically"
The prosser-cuter August 08, 2011 at 05:02 AM
I just found it curious that they had lists of specific people they wanted to talk to. Doesn't make much sense to me! Wouldn't they want to make their case to everyone of voting age? Why go after the people they already know are sypathetic to their cause?
Kiernan August 08, 2011 at 05:14 AM
How did I miss this??? The Democratic Party of Wisconsin today filed complaints in multiple jurisdictions alleging that state Sen. Alberta Darling has committed multiple felonies as part of a collusion and obstruction conspiracy. The complaints also name the corporate front group Americans For Prosperity, Wisconsin Family Action, Wisconsin Right to Life and the lobbying arm of for-profit education corporations, the so-called American Federation for Children. Darling's campaign and political operation is alleged to have benefited directly from groups that are part of a loose coalition that is funneling millions of dollars into Wisconsin in defense of her and Scott Walker's agenda. Only when forced by the threat of a lawsuit to release some emails that indicate coordination and collusion did Darling begrudgingly comply. But Darling is blocking the release of records relating to a Democratic Party of Wisconsin Open Records Request that includes groups such as Wisconsin Right to Life -- an extreme conservative organization that is under current investigation for campaign violations. "It appears that Alberta Darling is engaged in a coverup to hide election collusion," Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate said Thursday. "The last acts of her desperate campaign are not merely pathetic. They are illegal."
The prosser-cuter August 08, 2011 at 05:24 AM
What a weak attempt to deflect attention away from Sandy's illegal collusion with Citizens Action Committee, Wisconsin Jobs Now, and Ribgate. Intelligent voters will see right through this charade!
The prosser-cuter August 08, 2011 at 05:54 AM
Just thought I would remind everyone of all the sleazy crap the left has done over the last 7 months or so. Watch these clips and decide if you really want to put these folks back in charge! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcuqM1LEi5c http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ot-iiRn24H8&feature=relmfu
Craig August 08, 2011 at 02:22 PM
It has been brought to my attention that the above post is offensive to people of Jewish origin. This was not my intention. I used the Facist term because it implies a bad person, like jackbooted thugs, etc. As an olive branch I will offer this: I will not use the term again. Emotion sometimes gets in the way of decency, for that I am Guilty as charged. Please accept my aplogy, as I certainly am not an anti Semite.
Craig August 08, 2011 at 02:28 PM
@Lyle- I look forward to a day when a political debate doesn't involve clenched teeth and raised voices. Perhaps after Tuesday we can have some return to civility. The division isn't just here on the threads, it is also within familes and friends.
Craig August 08, 2011 at 09:41 PM
Nate I believe you asked Kiernan where he lives- and got a vague answer. It is Germantown. Maybe we all should meet for Lunch Wednesday at Su Casa? :P

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