Scott Walker Opens Wide Lead Over Tom Barrett In Recall Race
Gov. Scott Walker has pulled ahead of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in the polls with just a few weeks before Wisconsin’s historic recall race, a report released Wednesday said.
The new Marquette University Law School poll showed Walker taking a lead of 6 percentage points lead among likely voters, with the Republican governor 50 percent of the vote and Barrett with 44. The numbers were far closer just two weeks ago, when a poll released shortly before the May 8 recall primary showed Walker and Barrett in a virtual dead heat. That poll showed Barrett, who lost to Walker in the governor’s race in November 2010 by about 123,000 votes, or 5 percentage points, having a 47 percent to 46 percent lead on the governor among registered voters. Among likely voters, Walker led by 1 percentage point, or 48 percent to 47 percent.
Wednesday’s results were similar to the Marquette poll from January, which also showed Walker leading 50 percent to 44 percent.