Democrats Dana Wachs, Eau Claire, and Kathleen Vinehout, Alma, aim to prove that out-state candidates can win the governorship

With a huge field of Democrats vying to challenge GOP Gov. Scott Walker in next fall’s election, the only thing certain is uncertainty.

Of the 17 Democrats so far who have registered to run for governor in 2018, experts say eight to 10 are considered serious candidates. Two of them, state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout of Alma and state Rep. Dana Wachs of Eau Claire, are from west-central Wisconsin.

That raises a key question for Democrats seeking to deny Walker a third term: Would it be an advantage or disadvantage to select a candidate from regions outside the traditional Democratic strongholds of Madison and Milwaukee?

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