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UPDATE: New Marquette poll shows a dead heat in Governor's race

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MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- It has taken Mary Burke (D) nearly seven months, but it appears she's caught up to Governor Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin).

The latest Marquette Law School Political Poll conducted over the weekend shows Walker and Burke are tied at 46 percent apiece among 805 registered voters.

"As Mary's been getting around the state, putting 30,000 miles or so on her car in the last seven to eight months, people are responding very enthusiastically," said Joe Zepecki, communications director for the Burke campaign.

"We thought it was going to be close all along," said Brian Schimming, Vice-Chair of the Republican Party of Wisconsin.

Republicans say this latest poll is a sign Burke is starting to firm up support among Democrats, but point to the fact that she still trails the Governor 48-45 percent among those who say they are likely to vote in November.

"The one consistent number that you see is that over 50 percent of the people think the state is heading in the right direction, where it was much farther below that before Scott Walker was Governor," said Schimming.

While that is true, Burke's campaign message that Walker isn't creating enough jobs seems to be reaching voters.  In the January Marquette Law poll, voters were split when asked if they felt Wisconsin was creating as many jobs as other states or lagging behind.  Now, about five percent more believe the Wisconsin is lagging behind other states, which is backed up by the actual jobs numbers.

"Scott Walker is one of the most vulnerable incumbent Governor's in the country and there's a very simple reason for that the jobs just aren't materializing," said Zepecki.

But Republicans say its a two-sided argument.

"We're down to 5.8% unemployment.  We're almost over four points lower than we were when Jim Doyle was in office," said Schimming.

But we still don't know is how people feel about the race for Wisconsin Attorney General.

The Marquette poll didn't ask about that race, even though the three-way Democratic primary between Dane County DA Ismael Ozanne, Rep. Jon Richards and Jefferson County DA Susan Happ is just over two months away.

Waukesha County DA Brad Schimel is the lone Republican candidate for Attorney General.


MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- The new Marquette Law School Political Poll shows that Mary Burke (D) has closed the gap considerably on Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin)) with less than six months to go before November's election.

The MU poll, conducted over the past weekend, shows Walker and Burke tied at 46-46 percent among registered voters, with Gov. Walker gaining a slight 48-45 percent edge among those who say they are "likely to vote" in November.

Those numbers are in stark contrast to the MU polls from January and March, which showed Burke trailing the Governor by six and seven points respectively.

Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann is following today's MU poll results and will have more on 27 News at 5 and 6.

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