First Lady Michelle Obama told Wisconsin voters that defeating Republican governor Scott Walker is “as important as” her husband’s presidential elections.
“And we all need to be as passionate and as hungry for this election as we were back in 2008 and 2012,” she said at a voter mobilization rally after telling voters to go to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke’s website.
“In fact, we need to be more passionate and more hungry, because races like this governor’s race here in Wisconsin will be even harder and even closer than those presidential elections. But they are just as important,” Obama said.
The first lady’s comments come as the Real Clear Politics average shows Walker leading Burke by just over 1.2 points.
The race has major implications for 2016, as the Washington Examiner’s Byron York recently noted.
“One is that a Walker victory would validate and solidify [his collective-bargaining reforms], while a loss would undermine it,” York wrote. “The second reason is that Walker may well be a contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination — but only if he wins re-election first. Walker is already admired in GOP circles for his stand against the unions. A victory could further strengthen his appeal in early-voting Iowa.”