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Wisconsin is now one of the nation's most important political battlegrounds.

The August primaries and the November midterms could set a new course for our state and our country.

News 3 Now brings you a look at the key races and issues in Campaign 2022: Battleground Wisconsin.

How much influence does Trump have in Wisconsin?

Former President Donald Trump made Tim Michels his pick in the race to see which Republican will face Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers in November, while former Vice President Mike Pence chose to back former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.

Political experts say it’s the latest test to see how much influence Trump still carries in the state.


Can Mandela Barnes flip a U.S. Senate seat?

A field of more than a half dozen candidates to challenge Sen. Ron Johnson was whittled down to just a few in the waning days of the campaign, with current Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes emerging as the clear front runner.

News 3 Now political reporter Will Kenneally sat down with Barnes for a one-on-one interview about his campaign.


Which Republican will face AG Kaul?

Several high-profile incidents in the last few years have made the Wisconsin Attorney General’s race a priority for Republicans.

Former State Representative Adam Jarchow, Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney and conservative attorney Karen Mueller are hoping to challenge Josh Kaul in November. We take a closer look at the race.


Can Republicans take control of the House with Wisconsin's help?

Democrat Ron Kind has represented Wisconsin’s 3rd congressional district since 1997, but his retirement is opening the door for a new face to represent the district — possibly Republican Derrick Van Orden, who narrowly lost to Kind in the 2020 election despite former President Donald Trump carrying the district.

Political experts say this could be the most important race in Wisconsin, with the winner of Tuesday’s Democratic primary facing Van Orden in November.


Which issues matter the most to voters?

Voters have a lot on their minds as they head to the polls on Tuesday, but which issues are driving their vote?

We spoke to a number of voters to find out which issues were top of mind for this election.


How have voter attitudes changed?

In a political climate that is more polarized than ever before, some voters say they feel lost in the middle — or no longer represented by the parties they’ve affiliated with for much of their lives.

We spoke to some of those voters who say recent events have caused them to switch parties for this year’s elections.


In-depth analysis of election headlines

The weeks leading up to the primary have seen a flurry of political headlines, from U.S. Senate primary candidates suddenly dropping out, to in-state visits from former President Trump and Vice President Pence.

We speak with three longtime political reporters — Scott Bauer of the Associated Press, Jessie Opoien of the Cap Times, and Patrick Marley of the Washington Post — to break down those headlines and more.

What's on the August ballot

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Wisconsin Governor – Republican
Tim Michels
Adam Fischer
Kevin Nicholson
Rebecca Kleefisch

Wisconsin Lt. Governor – Democrat
Peng Her
Sara Rodriguez

Wisconsin Lt. Governor – Republican
Jonathan Wichmann
Will Martin
Roger Roth
David Varnam
Kyle Yudes
David King
Cindy Werner
Patrick Testin

Wisconsin Attorney General – Republican
Adam Jarchow
Eric Toney
Karen Mueller

Wisconsin Secretary of State – Democrat
Doug La Follette
Alexia Sabor

Wisconsin Secretary of State – Republican
Justin Schmidtka
Jay Schroeder
Amy Loudenbeck

Wisconsin State Treasurer – Democrat
Aaron Richardson
Gillian Battino
Angelito Tenorio

Wisconsin State Treasurer – Republican
John Leiber
Orlando Owens

U.S. Senator – Democrat
Peter Peckarsky
Darrell Williams
Kou Lee
Steven Olikara
Mandela Barnes
Tom Nelson
Sarah Godlewski
Alex Lasry

U.S. Senator – Republican
Ron Johnson
David Schroeder

U.S. Congress District 2 – Republican
Charity Barry
Erik Olsen

U.S. Congress District 3 – Democrat
Rebecca Cooke
Mark Neumann
Brad Pfaff
Deb McGrath

U.S. Congress District 4 – Republican
Tim Rogers
Travis Clark

U.S. Congress District 6 – Republican
Glenn Grothman
Douglas Mullenix

U.S. Congress District 7 – Republican
David Kunelius
Tom Tiffany

U.S. Congress District 8 – Republican
Mike Gallagher
Shaun Clarmont

Wisconsin State Assembly District 31 – Republican
Maryann Zimmerman
Jason Dean
Ellen Schutt

Wisconsin State Assembly District 33 – Republican
Scott Johnson
Dale Oppermann

Wisconsin State Assembly District 43 – Democrat
Jenna Jacobson
Matt McIntyre

Wisconsin State Assembly District 45 – Democrat
Clinton Anderson
Ben Dorscheid

Wisconsin State Assembly District 46 – Democrat
Andrew Hysell
Syed Abbas
Analiese Eicher
Melissa Ratcliff
Mike Jacobs

Wisconsin State Assembly District 63 – Republican
Adam Steen
Robin Vos

Wisconsin State Assembly District 79 – Democrat
Alex Joers
Brad Votava

Wisconsin State Assembly District 80 – Democrat
Chad Kemp
Doug Steinberg
Dale Yurs
Mike Bare
Anna Halverson

Wisconsin State Assembly District 80 – Republican
Nathan Graewin
Jacob Luginbuhl

Wisconsin State Assembly District 81 – Republican
Bob Wood
Shellie Benish

Rock Co. Sheriff – Democrat
Troy Egger
Curtis Fell

Green Co. Coroner – Democrat
Monica Hack
Amy Jo Walter

Dodge Co. Sheriff – Republican
Dale Schmidt
Mark Colker

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