Representative Tammy Baldwin may be set to reap some strong benefits from the formation of LPAC- a lesbian super PAC that was just formed- but she also seems to be reaping the benefits of a million dollar attack ad campaign against her. You read that right. Two separate half-million dollar attack ad campaigns were launched against Baldwin, who is openly lesbian, only to see her poll numbers in the Wisconsin race go up rather than down.
Baldwin is running for the US Senate, and could become the first open lesbian in the Senate.
Polls by the Democratic leaning Public Policy Polling show that Baldwin is now tied with her opponents. An earlier Marquette University poll showed Baldwin trailing by seven points. It should be noted that PPP tends to favor Democrats, but not by enough to invalidate the upswing in support.
A Koch Brothers affiliated group and the US Chamber of Commerce have both been running ads slamming Baldwin as a progressive. According to Tiffany Muller, VP for political operations at the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund “If anything, the latest polls show this is an absolutely wide-open race. Even with much lower name recognition than the former governor, Congresswoman Baldwin is neck-and-neck with him in the polls, and she leads a few other challengers. That means Wisconsin voters are receptive to her message about fighting for the middle class rather than special interests in D.C. They want someone who’s on their side.”
Money can’t always buy you elections; however, there is a lot of time between here and November.