On paper, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker would seem a safe bet to cruise to a third term, with a strong state economy, national profile and streak of three consecutive electoral victories under his belt.
But even the politically resilient governor has warned that 2018 is different – he’s one of the few Republican officials openly warning of a “blue wave” in November. And his race could stand as a major test case for whether a robust Republican can survive the tough national climate.
“Unemployment is lower than the national average, the tax cuts have gone over well, but, he has benefitted in the past when he has had President Obama to run against as a foil,” Barry Burden, a political science professor at the University of Wisconsin, told Fox News.
Burden said Walker has ridden national waves before, winning in 2010 and 2014 (and a recall in between) during “big Republican years.” But the environment is different: “He now faces a potential big Democrat year in 2018. He is good at winning elections, but he has been ringing the bell about a blue wave since January.”
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