Ron Kind

Wisconsin Democrats face crowded field against Walker

Wisconsin Democrats have sometimes struggled to field candidates against Republican Gov. Scott Walker. This time around, they find themselves with the opposite problem.

At least 18 Democrats have declared they're running or are considering the race against Walker next year. They include a mayor, multiple state lawmakers, numerous former officeholders, a recent college graduate, a salon owner and a prosecutor.

"There's not going to be a Democrat left in the state who's not running for governor," Walker quipped recently when asked about the race.

Democrats say the rush of candidates comes in part because there is no heir apparent in the party to take on...