The Governor's Race and the Ban

Will the civil unions and marriage ban drive voter turnout? The Journal Sentinel looks at the race between Congressman Mark Green and Governor Jim Doyle. One political science professor says he doesn't believe the ban necessarily helps either side:
Statewide, voters will face a constitutional amendment that would outlaw same-sex marriage--something that could motivate voters from both ends of the spectrum. Likewise, in the Democratic stronghold of Milwaukee, residents will face a referendum on the Iraq war.

Some argue having the same-sex marriage issue on the Nov. 7 ballot helps Green.

But Rodd Freitag, an associate political science professor at UW-Eau Claire, is not sure it will be a determining factor.

"The evidence is not clear from other states that it is a deciding factor (in electing candidates in other races)," he said of such amendments.


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