Fall 2018 General Election recap
Together, we did it.
After eight years of failed leadership from Gov. Scott Walker and unprecedented rollbacks and attacks on Wisconsin’s environmental protections, conservation voters showed up in record numbers to reject Walker’s polluters-over-people agenda.
Wisconsin Conservation Voters invested more than $1.5 million to elect Tony Evers Governor, Mandela Barnes Lieutenant Governor, Josh Kaul Attorney General, Sarah Godlewski State Treasurer and support state senate candidates dedicated to conservation values and committed to defending clean air, clean water, and open spaces.
And it paid off – we now have decision makers in executive positions who will listen to the priorities of the people and help reclaim Wisconsin’s legacy as an environmental leader.
These successes didn’t just happen. Voter mobilization was key to electing conservation champions this year, and Wisconsin Conservation Voters, once again, ran one of the largest field programs outside of the campaigns themselves. Dozens of volunteers knocked on tens of thousands of doors in small towns in key districts to talk with folks about their conservation values and the candidates who would stand up for them.
This year, more than ever before, clean water was a defining issue. By keeping a steady drumbeat on our opponents’ abysmal records and launching Walker’s Wisconsin, exposing the governor’s attacks and negligence on conservation, we ensured that voters knew the truth and took that knowledge with them to the polls.
By Nov. 6, voters had received our environmental message and cast their ballots for conservation. Now, we have leaders in the highest levels of state government who will fight for clean water, clean energy, pollution-free communities, and our shared public lands.
Wisconsin Conservation Voters endorsed 61 pro-conservation candidates this election cycle, including 12 state senate candidates and 45 state assembly candidates 63 percent of those candidates won their elections.
We intentionally backed candidates who were conservation leaders and who represented the hunters, anglers, bikers, hikers, farmers, business people, and other diverse groups and individuals in our state. And while we still have a long way to go to achieve conservation majorities in both houses, we are proud and excited to have supported these current and future leaders of the state we love and call home.
By the Numbers
We mobilized more voters in more places than ever before:
- 21,469 doors knocked in communities across Senate Districts 1 and 17
- 4,897 calls made to voters in key districts
- 137 volunteer shifts completed
- 82 candidates signed on to our clean energy pledge
- 6 TV and digital ads reaching thousands and thousands of voters
- 36 winning candidates
- $1.5 Million Invested in Elections
- $600K in TV ads
- $464K in digital ads
- $54K in radio
- $120k in direct mail
- $445K in Give Green in the States donations
- $22k in direct contributions to candidates
- $38,000 for canvassing and misc.
- Total spending: $1,298,000
Conservation voters showed up in a huge way on Election Day, ousting Scott Walker after eight years of failed leadership, and electing Wisconsin Conservation Voters-endorsed candidates Tony Evers for governor and Mandela Barnes for lieutenant governor.
Our team is hard at work getting ready to create a proactive vision for conservation in Wisconsin – to ensure everyone in Wisconsin has access to safe drinking water, clean lakes and rivers, protected public lands, and healthy, thriving communities.
KEY: W = win; L = lost; U = uncontested
|Tony Evers||Governor – W|
|Mandela Barnes||Lieutenant Governor – W|
|Josh Kaul||Attorney General – W|
|Sarah Godlewski||State Treasurer – W|
|Senator Caleb Frostman||District 1 – L|
|Senator Tim Carpenter||Senate District 3 – U|
|Julie Henszey||Senate District 5 – L|
|Senator Chris Larson||Senate District 7 – W|
|Kyle Whelton||Senate District 9 – L|
|Senator Janis Ringhand||Senate District 15 – U|
|Kriss Marion||Senate District 17 – L|
|Lee Snodgrass||Senate District 19 – L|
|Chris Kapsner||Senate District 23 – L|
|Senator Janet Bewley||Senate District 25 – W|
|Senator Jon Erpenbach||Senate District 27 – W|
|Jeff Smith||Senate District 31 – W|
|Representative Joel Kitchens||Assembly District 1 – W|
|Terry Lee||Assembly District 4 – L|
|Representative Daniel Riemer||Assembly District 7 – W|
|Marisabel Cabrera||Assembly District 9 – U|
|Dennis McBride||Assembly District 13 – L|
|Robyn Vining||Assembly District 14 – W|
|Lillian Cheesman||Assembly District 15 – L|
|Representative Evan Goyke||Assembly District 18 – U|
|Representative Jonathan Brostoff||Assembly District 19 – U|
|Liz Sumner||Assembly District 23 – L|
|Rebecca Clarke||Assembly District 26 – L|
|Barry Hammarback||Assembly District 30 – L|
|Melissa Winker||Assembly District 38 – L|
|Ann Groves Lloyd||Assembly District 42 – L|
|Representative Don Vruwink||Assembly District 43 – W|
|Representative Deb Kolste||Assembly District 44 – U|
|Representative Mark Spreitzer||Assembly District 45 – W|
|Representative Gary Hebl||Assembly District 46 – U|
|Representative Jimmy Anderson||Representative Jimmy Anderson – U|
|Representative Melissa Sargent||Assembly District 48 – U|
|Mike Mooney||Assembly District 49 – L|
|Art Shrader||Assembly District 50 – L|
|Jeff Wright||Assembly District 51 – L|
|Representative Amanda Stuck||Assembly District 57 – U|
|Chris Rahlf||Assembly District 60 – L|
|John Lehman||Assembly District 62 – L|
|Representative Peter Barca||Assembly District 64 – W|
|Representative Greta Neubauer||Assembly District 66 – U|
|Wendy Sue Johnson||Assembly District 68 – L|
|Cari Fay||Assembly District 70 – L|
|Representative Katrina Shankland||Assembly District 71 – U|
|David Gorski||Assembly District 72 – L|
|Representative Beth Meyers||Assembly District 74 – W|
|Representative Chris Taylor||Assembly District 76 – U|
|Shelia Stubbs||Assembly District 77 – U|
|Representative Lisa Subeck||Assembly District 78 – U|
|Representative Dianne Hesselbein||Assembly District 79 – U|
|Representative Dave Considine||Assembly District 81 – U|
|Alyson Leahy||Assembly District 85 – L|
|Tom Sieber||Assembly District 88 – L|
|Staush Gruszynski||Assembly District 90 – U|
|Jodi Emerson||Assembly District 91 – W|
|Rob Grover||Assembly District 92 – L|
|Representative Steve Doyle||Assembly District 94 – W|
|Paul Buhr||Assembly District 96 – L|