National media outlets are quickly picking up the trend of Republican failures to recruit candidates for U.S. Senate races in 2018. Wisconsin Republicans are scrambling to declare a front-runner after Rep. Sean Duffy proved to be too scared to take on Senator Tammy Baldwin. So far, all they’ve been able to produce is a yacht sale style primary field featuring millionaires and political opportunists backed by wealthy out-of-state power players.
In a recent story from James Arkin at Real Clear Politics, Wisconsin Republicans’ struggles are put on full display alongside numerous instances of Senate races without a Republican challenger. “In those states, Republicans are confident that despite likely primaries, they’ll still field viable challengers. But some expressed concern about Pennsylvania — where the only candidate thus far is a state lawmaker — and Wisconsin, where a wide array of businesspeople and state lawmakers are considering runs in what could become a crowded field with no clear frontrunner,” Arkin writes.
“Republicans can’t get their act together when it comes to the U.S. Senate race. Plagued by in-fighting and wealthy special interests willing to do anything to buy a seat in Congress, Republicans are drowning in their own demons,” Democratic Party of Wisconsin spokesman Brandon Weathersby said on Thursday. “With field staff on the ground earlier than ever and high levels of enthusiasm at the grassroots level, Democrats are in a strong position heading in 2018.”