Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Fair Wisconsin misidentifies Eric Hovde as a Democrat


A polling firm for Fair Wisconsin misidentified Republican Eric Hovde, candidate for Senate, as a Democrat. According to Dan Bice in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,

A poll sponsored by a Madison-based gay-rights group is asking Wisconsin respondents this week whether they would vote for Republican Tommy Thompson or Democrat Eric Hovde in a head-to-head matchup.


Of course, Hovde is – like Thompson – a Republican. They are two of four candidates squaring off in the Aug. 14 GOP primary for an open U.S. Senate seat.

The head of Fair Wisconsin, which is paying for the survey conducted by Mountain West Research in Idaho, placed the blame for the mistake on the pollster.

“The misidentification of one of the candidates in the survey was purely a mistake on the part of the vendor, and it has been corrected,” said Katie Belanger, executive director of the group.

A Hovde campaign aide said he believes the mistake was intentional.

“Fair Wisconsin can try and dodge this all they’d like, but nobody believes the validity of an oversight this large,” said spokesman Sean Lansing.

Some of you may remember back in 2006 when Fair Wisconsin used very questionable tactics, including deceptive robocalls that were intentionally confusing to the voters (script here), in the closing days of the marriage amendment campaign. The director in charge of Fair Wisconsin at the time was Mike Tate, current Democratic Party Chairman.

This may not have been an, “oops.”

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