UPDATE: Walker not concerned about poll showing tight race

UPDATED Tuesday, October 29, 2013 --- 4:23 p.m.

MIDDLETON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker says he's not concerned with a new poll showing his race for re-election is a dead heat roughly a year out from the election.

Walker was asked Tuesday about the Marquette University Law School poll that shows Walker with 47 percent support compared with 45 percent for Democrat Mary Burke. That is within the poll's 5 percentage point margin of error.

Walker says, "We thought all along this was going to be a close race, just as it was in the past."

Walker says as the election gets closer voters will be presented with a clear contrast between him and whoever wins the Democratic nomination. He says between now and then he's focused on his work as governor.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, October 29, 2013 --- 3:08 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democrat Mary Burke's campaign says a new poll showing her in a dead heat with Republican Gov. Scott Walker indicates that voters are open to new leadership.

The Marquette University Law School poll released Tuesday shows Walker with 47 percent support compared with 45 percent for Burke roughly one year before the election. That is within the poll's 5 percentage point margin of error.

Burke's campaign spokesman Joe Zepecki says in a statement that the results confirm that the state remains deeply divided politically and is open to new leadership.

Wisconsin Republican Party spokesman Joe Fadness says he is confident voters will stand by Walker.

Burke is the only declared Democratic candidate. State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout is also considering getting into the race.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Tuesday, October 29, 2013 --- 12:50 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A former bicycle executive who plans to challenge Gov. Scott Walker in next year's election has a lot of work to do to introduce herself to voters.

A Marquette Law School poll released Tuesday says 70 percent of voters don't know who Mary Burke is. But that doesn't mean they won't vote for her.

The poll says 47 percent of respondents would vote for Walker and 45 percent for Burke. The differential is within the poll's 5 percentage point margin of error.

Democratic state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout is also considering a run. The poll says 79 percent of respondents didn't know who she is. But again, she'd get votes. The poll says Walker edges her, 47 percent to 44 percent.

The poll interviewed 800 registered voters between Oct. 21 and Thursday.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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