Wisconsin governor Scott Walker has opened up a five-point lead over Democratic challenger Mary Burke among likely voters, according to a new Marquette University poll. Walker is ahead 50–45, which represents the first time either candidate has gained a lead outside the margin of error among likely voters since March. Walker’s lead narrows to 46–45 among registered voters polled, with 4 percent of registered voters saying they are undecided and another 1 percent saying they will vote for someone else.
Democrats across the country are focused on the Wisconsin governor’s race because they hope to undercut Walker’s collective-bargaining reforms and dash his 2016 aspirations. Earlier this week, First Lady Michelle Obama told Wisconsinites that beating Walker was as important as President Obama’s presidential elections, as NRO reported.
Likely female voters support Burke over Walker 54–40 in the Marquette University poll. But Walker’s lead among men is larger, with more than 60 percent of likely male voters saying they support Walker.