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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

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Walker and Baldwin dominate 2012 Rising Stock Awards

Gov. Scott Walker and newly elected U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, who both gained national prominence through election wins in 2012, dominated the 3rd edition of the WisPolitics Rising Stock Awards.

After submissions from WisPolitics subscribers were used to develop a ballot, hundreds of subscribers and site visitors weighed in on the year's top story, the most important politicians and best political ads.

Walker's historic recall win in June was picked as the story of the year by 46 percent of voters, making it the top vote-getter. Baldwin's Senate win was next, with 21 percent of the vote. The only other story to reach double-digits, getting 10 percent of the vote, was President Barack Obama's victory over Mitt Romney in Wisconsin.

Walker and Baldwin were also picked as the top Republican and Democratic politicos, respectively.

Nearly two-thirds of voters picked Walker as the top Republican, making it three years in a row for the first-term governor. Next on the list was Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, Romney's vice presidential pick. He received 24 percent of the vote.

On the Democratic side, Baldwin was picked by 62 percent of voters. Next on the list was a collective award for Obama's state organization, which got 27 percent of the vote.

The top ads of the year also came from the Walker and Baldwin campaigns.

Half of the voters picked the Baldwin ad "Boy did he" as the top liberal ad of the year. That ad knocked GOP rival Tommy Thompson's ties to Washington, D.C., and his lobbying work. The next ad on the list, picked by 31 percent of respondents, was the Obama campaign's "537," which noted at the difference 537 votes made in Florida in the 2000 election in motivating supporters to vote.

On the conservative side, the top pick -- with 38 percent of the vote -- was Walker's recall ad titled "Jobs," where he talked about the jobs Wisconsin gained during his first year in office. Ryan's ad "America has a choice" finished second with 25 percent of the vote.

See the press release for full results from the voting


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