Amid a series of high-profile elections and campaign announcements, national political groups are turning their eyes to Wisconsin.
The Democratic Governors Association on Thursday launched a "Where's Walker?" website dedicated to highlighting Gov. Scott Walker's travels throughout the country during his second term, as he seeks re-election for a third. The push comes as Walker is set to headline a fundraising dinner Thursday evening for Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, who is seeking a second term in November.
The effort from national Democrats comes days after the Republican Governors Association announced that it has booked $5.1 million in television ad buys to support Walker in the fall.
Walker has spent the last week appealing to supporters in hopes of preventing a "blue wave" from sweeping Wisconsin and cutting into the strong Republican majority that stretches across state government.
"Tonight’s results show we are at risk of a #BlueWave in WI. The Far Left is driven by anger & hatred — we must counter it with optimism & organization. Let’s share our positive story with voters & win in November," Walker tweeted after liberal Milwaukee County Judge Rebecca Dallet won last week's state Supreme Court race.
As Walker fights to energize Republicans through his own campaign, he is also maintaining a national profile that skyrocketed after the battle over his signature Act 10 legislation in 2011, which effectively eliminated collective bargaining for most public employees.
Walker's travels ramped up dramatically in 2015 as he explored and ultimately ran a short-lived presidential campaign. The DGA map reflects that portion of his second term, with 47 documented visits to Iowa and 29 to the New Hampshire area.
After his presidential bid fizzled, Walker served as head of the Republican Governors Association — a role that sent him across the country as he stumped for Republican candidates and and incumbents.
A BuzzFeed News report published earlier this month highlighted Walker's continued travels and efforts to support candidates in other states, including a fundraiser for Rep. Steve Pearce’s gubernatorial campaign in New Mexico and endorsements in Michigan and West Virginia races.
"Scott Walker has made clear that he’d rather chase national political stardom across the United States than solve the real problems Wisconsin is facing,"said DGA press secretary Melissa Miller.
A Walker spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but told BuzzFeed News the governor "endorses candidates who are willing to go big and bold, with reforms to state government that take on the big government special interests."