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Burke downplays gender gap in Wis. governor's race

Credit: Madison Metropolitan School District Webpage

Credit: Madison Metropolitan School District Webpage

Posted Sunday, October 27, 2013 --- 6:03 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Mary Burke wants to be the first women elected governor in Wisconsin.

Her campaign comes as Republican incumbent Scott Walker deals with lagging poll numbers among women and a continued attack from Democrats that the GOP doesn't care about female voters.

But it is not clear yet how much Burke is willing to capitalize on that potential weakness. She has downplayed gender in comments made in the opening weeks of her campaign, while another potential female Democratic candidate, state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, sees it as a key issue.

Walker's campaign spokesman Jonathan Wetzel says the governor's record appeals to all voters and there will be no desire to return to failed policies of the past.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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