Rep. Tammy Baldwin has the opportunity to become the nation's first openly gay Senator, but the race thus far has steered clear of social issues - including her sexual orientation. That is why an email from her opponent's political director questioning her "heartland values" and featuring a video of Baldwin at a 2010 gay pride parade drew so much attention.
The Marquette poll has not tracked Badger State views on gay marriage this year, but it's a question that likely will be included in a poll to be released next week.
"The open question is whether a gay candidate who has always been openly gay can compete statewide, and a separate issue is whether a liberal candidate from Madison can develop issues that appeal to voters throughout the state on policy ground separate and independent from sexual orientation," Franklin said.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.