Last week I asked readers a simple question, "Who will win the Wispolitics straw poll at the Republican convention?" For me, it is a very interesting question and I even set up a simple online poll asking it. Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker has been running for governor since before he was even elected in 2002. He already has one failed attempt under his belt after losing to a very weak former congressman. The big question is whether all of his endless jockeying will give him any real advantage in a Republican primary. As far as I can tell, so far the answer is an embarrassing "no".
When asked who would win the GOP straw poll this coming weekend, my "super scientific" poll had Walker and Neumann tied at 37 percent. This even though Neumann has only recently begun talking like a candidate. While mine is admittedly just a silly online poll, the closeness of the numbers between Walker and Neumann seem to be an actual reality. A right wing poll showed both Walker and Neumann losing in a hypothetical race against Governor Doyle by the same margin. Given the time that Walker has put into his endless quest, I think that those numbers look pretty pathetic.
Although we all knew that he was going to run again after his failed 2006 attempt, today Scott Walker "officially" announced his candidacy for governor. With all of the free press that he will surly get for this non-event, how pathetic would it be if only days later he ends up losing the straw poll at the GOP convention (and to a guy that has yet to formally announce)? Who knows, the party faithful could wholeheartedly get behind him, but if it is close or if he loses it could end up being the straw poll the broke Scott Walker's back.