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Walker Deadlocked With Barrett in Wisconsin Recall Rematch

May 02, 2012

Wisconsin’s Republican Governor Scott Walker and Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett are deadlocked in a poll released today on a hypothetical match-up in a June 5 recall election.

The survey from Marquette Law School has Barrett leading former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk almost 2-to-1 going into the May 8 Democratic primary that will determine which will face Walker. If the numbers bear out, the governor and mayor would face each other for the second time in 19 months in the nation’s third gubernatorial recall.

Barrett led Falk 38 percent to 21 percent in the poll of 705 registered voters conducted April 26-29. Secretary of State Doug La Follette and state Senator Kathleen Vinehout trailed with 8 percent and 6 percent, respectively, while 19 percent said they were undecided.

“Despite Barrett’s late entry into the race, he has improved his position both among Democratic primary voters and in the general recall contest against Walker,” Charles Franklin, director of the poll, said in a statement.

Barrett led Walker 47 percent to 46 percent among registered voters. Among likely voters the measurement has the governor up 48 percent to 47 percent.

The poll’s margin of error was plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.

Walker’s opponents forced the recall after he championed restrictions on unions that represent must public employees, saying local governments needed financial help. Democrats said he was trying to break labor’s power.

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