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.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.