GOP Outlook

Wisconsin Republicans say they're upbeat about the party's chances in November despite low approval ratings for their party nationally.

State GOP Chairman Rick Graber says he's read all about the bad predictions for Republicans in November but says the political environment in Wisconsin is outstanding.

He says the party has a good chance at knocking off Democratic Governor Jim Doyle and Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager.

Other Republicans say their party turnout will be helped by statewide referendums on gay marriage and the death penalty also on the November ballot.

Republicans spent their convention this weekend in Appleton uniting behind U-S Representative Mark Green as their candidate for governor.

Democrats are trying to tap into anger with the GOP by painting Green as a rubber stamp for President Bush and trying to link him to corruption scandals in Congress.