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Aug. 23, 2014 SIGN IN | REGISTER

Wis. Senate Race Steers Clear of the 'L' Word

Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call
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.

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