UPDATE: Walker kicks off re-election campaign with rallies

What political analysts expect this campaign season

Political experts say it's going to be a tight race between incumbent Scott Walker, and Democratic candidate Mary Burke.

They say both are going to try and attack the other, but the campaigns are really only targeting at most 20% of the voters.

Experts says Wisconsin is one of the most polarized states, with voters either checking the box for Governor Scott Walker, or against him, no matter who his opponent is.
They say the Governor is going to focus on how much better off the state is now than it was four years ago. Exactly what he did today.

"Wisconsin was looking pretty dark at that point. Now, thankfully, things have all changed since then, Wisconsin is turning around, think about the budget deficit. That deficit is now a surplus of nearly $1 billion."
Experts say he'll talk about how great the economy is doing and the tax refunds going back to the people, but they say he'll have to be careful because some think the tax refunds should have gone to reinvesting in schools. And he hasn't come anywhere close to the 250,000 jobs he promised to create.

Now they say Burke will have her work cut out for her as well without a political background. They say she'll focus on jobs and how Wisconsin is lagging behind its neighbors in terms of economic recovery. Currently ranked 37th in job creation.

"In terms of new businesses we are near the bottom. Walker's game plan is failing, to give out of state corporations tax breaks and tax breaks to those at the top, and think that somehow that trickles down and creates jobs just isn't true," said Burke today.

Political analysts are saying that this election will be very close coming down to a small margin of voters making the decision---it could be as few as 10%. They say voter turnout will play a huge role, it's always harder getting folks to the polls where there's not a presidential candidate.

Analysts also say gay marriage could be a hot topic this election with public opinion on the matter changing dramatically in the last 5 years, and Wisconsin's current constitutional ban going through the court systems right now.

They say for Governor Walker to really gain votes, he will need to start marketing himself as a Governor for all of Wisconsin, and someone who can work well with Democrats.

With the Voter ID laws also going through the courts, that could change up the results of the election depending on when the Supreme Court makes the decision, when they would take effect, and if both parties and mobilize in time to make sure voters know the new rules.

UPDATED Tuesday, April 15, 2014 --- 10:01 a.m.

DANE, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker says he deserves a second term because he turned Wisconsin around by cutting taxes, making sure everyone in poverty has access to health insurance and improved the economy leading to the creation of 100,000 new jobs.

Walker is making his re-election pitch at a series of rallies across the state on Tuesday -- a campaign certain to be the focus of national attention given his expected interest in running for president in 2016.

About 200 people attended the first rally, at a manufacturing company near Madison.

Walker is also proposing a two-year extension to a tuition freeze at the University of Wisconsin.

Walker says: "Wisconsin is back. Wisconsin is on the right track again."

He faces Democrat Mary Burke in the Nov. 4 election.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


UPDATED Thursday, April 10, 2014 --- 1:17 p.m.
Posted Thursday, April 10, 2014 --- 11:14 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker plans to officially launch his re-election campaign with a series of events across the state on Tuesday.

Walker has been inviting his supporters to attend the events, which begin early Tuesday morning in Dane near Madison and end Tuesday night at State Fair Park. He will be joined by Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.

Walker's campaign spokeswoman would say only that Walker and Kleefisch are planning a "special announcement" related to the campaign. Tuesday is also the first day candidates for office can circulation petitions to get on the ballot.

Walker is being challenged by Democrat Mary Burke, a former state commerce secretary and Trek Bicycle Corp. executive.

Walker was first elected in 2010 and then defeated a recall attempt in 2012.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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