If a Democratic political strategist were to engineer the perfect challenger to take on Republican Gov. Scott Walker in November, that candidate might look like a composite of the eight Democrats competing in the Aug. 14 primary.

Imagine someone with Tony Evers' knowledge of state education policy and budgeting, Matt Flynn's military experience, Mike McCabe's grassroots following, Mahlon Mitchell's outreach to minorities, Josh Pade's business experience, Kelda Roys' political acumen, Paul Soglin's decades of municipal leadership and Kathleen Vinehout's appeal to rural voters.

But Democrats won't be able to Frankenstein their way to victory in November. Each candidate has strengths — and weaknesses — and primary voters will have to pick the candidate who makes the best case for why he or she should be the nominee.

The candidates have spent months trying to cobble together a coalition of voters who will power them through the primary. The Wisconsin State Journal interviewed all eight candidates to give them a chance to highlight the political path that led them to this moment and make their case for why they should be the nominee.

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