2008 Legislative Campaign by the Numbers
Posted: July 9, 2008
Updated: September 25, 2008
Numbers based on final determination of ballot status made by the Government Accountability Board on July 16, 2008. Barring court challenges these numbers are final through the primary election in September. Numbers changed from original posting have an asterisk (*) next to them.
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Number of legislative districts up for reelection in 2008: 115 – 16 in the Senate and all 99 in the Assembly.
Number of candidates on the primary ballot for all legislative districts: 269*
Number of seats left "open" by departing incumbents: 13 – two in the Senate and 11 in the Assembly. That's 11% of all districts.
Number of candidates on the primary ballot for the open seats: 64* – 24% of all candidates.
Number of Democratic candidates: 146*
Number of Republican candidates: 111
Number of Libertarian candidates: Five*
Number of Independents: Seven*
Number of Wisconsin Green Party candidates: 0
Number of unopposed incumbents who are freshmen: Two, Senator Luther Olsen (R), District 16 and Senator Mark Miller (D), District 14. Both were members of the Assembly before they were elected to the Senate.
Number of candidates appearing on the November ballot: 203
*Updated on July 17 for GAB-made changes to the ballot on July 16, 2008. Updated again on August 29, 2008 after the Trempealeau County Circuit Court added another Democractic candidate, John Kimmel, to the ballot in Assembly District 91 on August 27, 2008. September 25 update: Republican Don Moga, was added to the November ballot for the 67th Assembly District after he received a sufficient number of qualifying write-in votes in the September 9th primary. Unless noted otherwise all numbers apply to candidates actually appearing on the primary ballot. Don Moga is not counted.
**This originally included Assembly District 67 where incumbent Representative Jeff Wood, who has served three terms in the Assembly as a Republican, is running as an Independent in the upcoming election. Republican Don Moga, was added to the November ballot for the 67th Assembly District after he received a sufficient number of qualifying write-in votes in the September 9th primary.
|S02||Robert Cowles (R)|
|S04||Lena C. Taylor (D)|
|S06*||G. Spencer Coggs (D)|
|S14||Luther Olsen (R)|
|S16||Mark Miller (D)|
|S26*||Fred Risser (D)|
|S28||Mary Lazich (R)|
|A08||Pedro Colon†, Jose Guzman or Laura L. Manriquez (D)|
|A09||Josh Zepnick (D)|
|A10||Charisha Allen or Annette Polly Williams† (D)|
|A11*||Jason M. Fields (D)|
|A12||Frederick P Kessler (D)|
|A13||David Cullen (D)|
|A16||Richard M. Badger, David D. King, Andy Parker or Leon Young† (D)|
|A17||Samantha H. Bady or Barbara L. Toles† (D)|
|A18||Tamara D Grigsby (D)|
|A19||Jon Richards (D)|
|A20||Phillip Landowski, Christine Sinicki† or Steven Sutherland (D)|
|A25||Bob Ziegelbauer (D)|
|A33||Scott Newcomer (R)|
|A44||Mike Sheridan (D)|
|A48||Joseph T. Parisi (D)|
|A59||Daniel R. LeMahieu† or Karl McCarty (R)|
|A64||Peter Barca, Jim Huff or Michael J. Orth‡ (D)|
|A75||Mary Hubler (D)|
|A76||Terese Berceau (D)|
|A77||Spencer Black (D)|
|A78||Mark Pocan (D)|
Eric Englund, Peng Her, Tim Kiefer, John W. Laubmeier,
Kelda Helen Roys, Justin Sargent‡ (D)
|A82||Jeff Stone (R)|
|A84||Mark Gundrum (R)|
|A95||Jennifer Shilling (D)|
|A99||Don Pridemore (R)|
S: Senate A: Asssembly D: Democrat R: Republican I: Independent
†Incumbent in a primary. All unopposed candidates are incumbents.
‡Primary candidates in an open seat. The winner faces no opposition in November.