Wisconsin Democratic, Republican party chairs look ahead to 2022 campaigns

In anticipation of a busy election year, Paul Farrow and Ben Wikler share their thoughts on the races for the governor's office, a U.S. Senate seat and an open 3rd Congressional District seat.

By Will Kenneally | Here & Now

December 23, 2021

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From left to right, still images of Ben Wikler and Paul Farrow seated in different locations

Democratic Party of Wisconsin chair Ben Wikler (left) and Republican Party of Wisconsin chair Paul Farrow (right) share their thoughts on the 2022 election cycle. (Credit: PBS Wisconsin)

As Wisconsin’s Democratic and Republican parties gear up for 2022, their respective state party chairs previewed an election cycle that will see the governor’s office on the ballot and a congressional midterm vote — the outcome of which will determine the future of federal policy through the next presidential election.

Democratic Party of Wisconsin chair Ben Wikler said Wisconsin voters face a 2022 election that is a choice between Gov. Tony Evers’ record and a “radical” opponent in former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.


On the other side of the aisle is Paul Farrow, chair of the Republican Party of Wisconsin. Republicans held complete control of state government for most of the last decade, until Evers was elected in 2018. Farrow said voters looking for change from the last few years will help propel Republican victories in 2022.


In 2022, Wisconsin is holding its spring primary election on Feb. 15, spring election on April 5, the partisan primary on Aug. 9 and general election on Nov. 8.

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