Sen. Warren joins Baldwin for early voting push

Published 11-02-2018

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Candidates for governor and U.S. Senate worked to motivate their core supporters on Friday, four days before the election where Gov. Scott Walker was in the fight for his political life and polls showed Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin was poised to win a second term.

Baldwin held a "Women for Tammy" rally in the liberal stronghold of Madison with California Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a likely 2020 presidential candidate, before they headed to Milwaukee for another get-out-the-vote event at a union hall. Baldwin's Republican opponent, state Sen. Leah Vukmir, was campaigning across the state, ending with a rally in La Crosse with Walker.

Warren, speaking to about 300 supporters in Madison, said Republican control of the White House, U.S. Senate, House and governor's office was coming to an end.

"All I have to say is tick tock. Tick tock," Warren said. "Four days, four days! Are you ready to get out there?"

Both Warren and Baldwin emphasized Democratic support of the Affordable Care Act, which Vukmir , Walker and Republicans have opposed for years and worked to repeal.

"They're going to try it again," Baldwin said. "Health care is on the ballot. Justice is on the ballot. Equality is on the ballot. Our environment is on the ballot. Our 'Dreamers' are on the ballot. Net neutrality is on the ballot. Yes, there's going to be names on the ballot, but those issues are at stake, all of them."

Vukmir's campaign manager, Jess Ward, issued a statement in reaction to the Warren visit where she referred to her as "Pocahontas," the nickname President Donald Trump his given to Warren. Ward refers to Baldwin as "Tomah Tammy," a nickname Vukmir has given to Baldwin in relation to her handling of the over-prescription of painkillers at the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

"After Tomah Tammy looked the other way and let our veterans down at Tomah, she has now decided to campaign with Senator 'Pocahontas' Warren who falsely claimed to be a Native American, so she could have preferential employment opportunities," Ward said. "Leah is a nurse and military mom who has played by the rules, but Tomah Tammy and 'Pocahontas' Warren have despicably spent their lives taking advantage our veterans and minorities to advance their careers."

Warren in October released DNA test results that provide some evidence of a Native American in

Vukmir's campaign manager, Jess Ward, issued a statement in reaction to the Warren visit where she referred to her as "Pocahontas," the nickname President Donald Trump his given to Warren. Ward refers to Baldwin as "Tomah Tammy," a nickname Vukmir has given to Baldwin in relation to her handling of the over-prescription of painkillers at the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

"After Tomah Tammy looked the other way and let our veterans down at Tomah, she has now decided to campaign with Senator 'Pocahontas' Warren who falsely claimed to be a Native American, so she could have preferential employment opportunities," Ward said. "Leah is a nurse and military mom who has played by the rules, but Tomah Tammy and 'Pocahontas' Warren have despicably spent their lives taking advantage our veterans and minorities to advance their careers."

Warren in October released DNA test results that provide some evidence of a Native American in her lineage. The test has done little to quell criticism of her by Trump and his supporters.

Polls have consistently shown Baldwin with a double-digit lead over Baldwin. A Marquette University Law School poll on Wednesday showed Walker and Evers as dead even.

Evers, the state superintendent who is campaigning in a yellow school bus, was in northern Wisconsin on Friday, starting in Rhinelander and ending in Manitowoc. Other Democratic candidates, including Baldwin at a stop in Oshkosh, were to join him along the way.

Baldwin cast her ballot on Thursday as she and others make the push to get supporters to the polls ahead of Tuesday. Early voting broke the record for midterm elections on Wednesday and by Thursday it had reached 420,000 people, according to the Wisconsin Elections Commission . The previous record was 374,000 in 2014.

It's unknown which party is doing better getting people to vote because voters do not register by party in Wisconsin.

Friday was the deadline for voters to register to vote early and those who are registered can still vote early in some locations over the weekend.

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Warren in October released DNA test results that provide some evidence of a Native American in her lineage. The test has done little to quell criticism of her by Trump and his supporters.

Polls have consistently shown Baldwin with a double-digit lead over Baldwin. A Marquette University Law School poll on Wednesday showed Walker and Evers as dead even.

Evers, the state superintendent who is campaigning in a yellow school bus, was in northern Wisconsin on Friday, starting in Rhinelander and ending in Manitowoc. Other Democratic candidates, including Baldwin at a stop in Oshkosh, were to join him along the way.

Baldwin cast her ballot on Thursday as she and others make the push to get supporters to the polls ahead of Tuesday. Early voting broke the record for midterm elections on Wednesday and by Thursday it had reached 420,000 people, according to the Wisconsin Elections Commission . The previous record was 374,000 in 2014.

It's unknown which party is doing better getting people to vote because voters do not register by party in Wisconsin.

Friday was the deadline for voters to register to vote early and those who are registered can still vote early in some locations over the weekend.

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Follow Scott Bauer on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sbauerAP

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For AP's complete coverage of the U.S. midterm elections: http://apne.ws/APPolitics

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