- Associated Press - Monday, August 11, 2014
Walker not saying much about new ad

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign isn’t saying much about a new campaign ad that ran in some markets across Wisconsin during the broadcast of the Green Bay Packers scrimmage on Saturday night.

The ad focuses on Walker’s efforts to cut the unemployment rate and features five different people saying that they got a job. Walker speaks to the camera and says, “We’re not going to stop until everyone who wants a job can find a job.”

But his campaign spokeswoman Alleigh Marre isn’t providing any details Monday when asked by The Associated Press who the people are in the ad or what the jobs were that they found.

Marre says the 30-second ad will be airing statewide starting Wednesday, the day after the primary.

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Attorney general, congressional races top primary

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A hot race for Congress and a few tight contests for the state Legislature are the top draws in Tuesday’s Wisconsin primary that is expected to draw lower-than-usual turnout without a top-tier statewide race on the ballot.

But the primary is especially important for those candidates who face only nominal, or no, challengers in the Nov. 4 general election.

Election officials predicted a 15 percent turnout, less than in 2010 when both parties had competitive gubernatorial primaries. This year, former Trek executive Mary Burke faces a nominal challenge from state Rep. Brett Hulsey in a Democratic primary that will determine who gets to take on Gov. Scott Walker, who is unopposed in the Republican primary.

Two of the highest profile races are a four-way Republican primary to help determine who will succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Tom Petri and a three-way contest among Democrats hoping to replace retiring Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, a Republican.

Five of the eight congressional districts have primary races, as well as five of the 17 state Senate districts and 26 of the 99 Assembly districts. In 10 Assembly districts - five Republican and five Democratic - the winner will face no challenger in the general election.

The Democratic primary for attorney general pits three candidates who largely share the same views on most of the largest law enforcement issues in the state. Two are district attorneys - Ismael Ozanne in Dane County and Susan Happ in Jefferson County. The third, Jon Richards, is a state representative from Milwaukee.

The winner faces Republican Brad Schimel, the Waukesha County district attorney.

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