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Scott Walker Opens Wide Lead Over Tom Barrett In Recall Race

May 16, 2012

One possible reason these polls results are happening.

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.

  1. Solly permalink
    May 16, 2012 8:35 PM

    Gee, I think the DNC should save its money until after Wanker survives the recall. In the meantime, we’re treated to 100 pro-Wanker lying and misleading ads, for every one Barrett has (and his aren’t that good “Pow!”). And the last-year people standing in the snow ad is a waste of money. Hopefully, it’s not showing anywhere but Madison, and I don’t think it’s that helpful here.

  2. Patrick permalink
    May 16, 2012 8:28 PM

    The new jobs data will likely increase the lead. In a way this vindicates much of your thinking about the Democratic reasoning behind the recall. I don’t think that “process” or collective bargaining are winning issues, but it doesn’t look like jobs will do it for Barrett.

    I hope that if Walker wins the recall, the Dems will finally listen to the voters and start working for a better Wisconsin. I hope the first issue they work on would be to bring back the mining plan.

  3. May 16, 2012 3:03 PM

    It clearly is a factor.

  4. May 16, 2012 3:01 PM

    Gee, do you think being outspent about 10 to 1 on TV could be a factor?

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