As the Wisconsin gubernatorial race between Mary Burke and Scott Walker tightens—the latest poll shows the two in a dead heat—Walker appears to be fighting for his political life. On Wednesday night, John Nichols, The Nation’s Washington correspondent, appeared on All In with Chris Hayes to talk about how the minimum wage debate in Wisconsin could doom Walker’s re-election campaign and tank his presidential ambitions. “The issue of the minimum wage and the issue of a living wage have come front and center,” Nichols said. Walker’s opponent is a relative newcomer to statewide politics, Nichols explained, but she has gained an advantage over Walker because “her ads have focused like a laser beam on these economic issues.”
—Edward Hart