Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin urged supporters Sunday to ignore polls and make sure to cast ballots for Tuesday’s election.
Baldwin was up 11 points against Republican Leah Vukmir in last week’s Marquette University Law School Poll, but she reminded Democrats in Racine of what happened in 2016 when President Donald Trump won in Wisconsin and defeated Hillary Clinton.
“I find myself reflecting on this entire election cycle and thinking back to election night two years ago,” Baldwin said. “The polls didn’t suggest what the outcome was going to be. We can’t take anything for granted right now.”
During an appearance at Alioto’s restaurant in Wauwatosa, Vukmir called Baldwin “Taxin’ Tammy” and said her rival only campaigned between Milwaukee and Madison.
FULL COVERAGE:2018 Wisconsin elections
ELECTION LIST:Wisconsin and Milwaukee-area midterm races
“She has not been here for the people of Wisconsin,” Vukmir said. “I will be.”
Despite being down in the polls, Vukmir was upbeat and fiery. She got help from Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow, who told around 100 people that two years ago the polls were wrong and that they’re probably still wrong.
In the closing days of the race, Baldwin is not only fighting for her re-election, she has joined up with the Democratic statewide ticket, including gubernatorial candidate Tony Evers, who is in a tight race with Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
Baldwin said she thought all of the statewide races would be close.
“These last days where turnout is the biggest thing we can influence still, we need to do that,” she said.
Baldwin hit back at a claim Vice President Mike Pence made in a speech Saturday in Hudson that the caravan of Central American migrants making its way through Mexico to the U.S. border is being driven in part “by the dangerous policies of the Democratic Party.”
Pence said: “The Democrats don’t want to build a wall. They don’t want to secure our border. They don’t want to close immigration loopholes that human traffickers use to entice vulnerable families to make the long and dangerous journey north to try and come into our country illegally.”
Baldwin said the “Trump administration wants political issues and not solutions,” adding that she voted for an immigration reform bill that passed the U.S. Senate in 2013 but died in the House.
Read or Share this story: https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/elections/2018/11/04/leah-vukmir-tammy-baldwin-sprint-finish-u-s-senate-race/1887067002/