Wisconsin governor race remains in a dead heat despite probe -poll

MILWAUKEE Wed Jul 23, 2014 5:38pm EDT

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker speaks during the Republican Jewish Coalition Spring Leadership Meeting at the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada March 29, 2014. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker speaks during the Republican Jewish Coalition Spring Leadership Meeting at the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada March 29, 2014.

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MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who is seeking re-election in November, has not seen any significant drop in his support since the release of documents on a probe into possible illegal campaign financing, a poll showed on Wednesday.

The first-term Republican governor received 46 percent support, while his likely Democratic challenger, Mary Burke, got 45 percent support, the Marquette Law School Poll taken from July 17 to 20 showed.

The results of the poll of 804 registered voters mirrored a poll taken by the same group in May, when both candidates received 46 percent support. Both polls had a 3.5 percentage- point margin of error.

In June, a U.S. appeals court unsealed hundreds of documents that showed state prosecutors accusing Walker and others of participating in a broad plan to circumvent the state's campaign finance laws during recall elections in 2011 and 2012. [ID:nL2N0P01LD]

Neither Walker, a potential Republican White House hopeful in 2016, nor anyone else has been charged in the investigation launched in August 2012 under a Wisconsin law that requires such probes to be conducted in secret.

Of the poll's respondents who heard of the investigation, 54 percent said it was "just more politics," while 42 percent said it was "really something serious."

Walker rose to national prominence among conservatives in 2011 when he pressed for legislation that restricted the power of many public-sector unions. His reputation grew the following year when he became the first U.S. governor to survive a recall election.

While Walker is seeking a second term as governor, he has made appearances in Iowa, New Hampshire and other states, and published a campaign-themed biography, adding to the perception he is preparing for a presidential run.

Burke, who has opposition in the August primary, is seen as the likely Democratic nominee for governor. A former executive at bicycle manufacturer Trek, Burke was state commerce secretary under Democratic Governor Jim Doyle from 2005 to 2007.

(Reporting by Brendan O'Brien; Editing by Jon Herskovitz and Peter Cooney)

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Comments (6)
moonhill wrote:
If the dem wins, Wisconsin will be back in overwhelming debt again like they were before Walker was elected. They will deserve what they elect.

Jul 23, 2014 5:53pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SunnyDaySam wrote:
Just wondering: what happened to those 250,000 JOBS Walker promised? anything? or was that just more con hot air?

Jul 23, 2014 6:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
carnivalchaos wrote:
Amazingly, the US has reached a point where politicians have realized they can get away with just about anything and voters won’t care. The truth is, this phenomenon exists mostly among conservatives. Liberals couldn’t get away with impeaching a Republican President over BS like conservatives did to Clinton. And usually if a liberal is caught doing something illegal or otherwise unacceptable (posting pics of genitalia), their career is over.

Walker is one of the biggest slimeballs in politics. And yet he’s tied in this governors race. Look at what all George Bush and Dick Cheney got away with. Imagine if Obama did everything Bush did, starting with taking a balanced budget and immediately turning that into a record deficit and snookering the nation into an unnecessary war. This country’s in very serious trouble.

Jul 23, 2014 7:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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