The race for governor has attracted some big names
People like President Obama and New Jersey Governor
Chris Christie have rallied for their party's candidate.
But how much will those visits be worth on election
News 8's Keely Arthur takes a closer look.
With the election just six days away.
big name democratic players have come to Mary Burke's
side and there's a reason.
Every national poll I've ever seen, there are more
democratics than republicans in
terms of self identification
so you wonder how do republicans ever win? The answer
is bececause the democrats don't show up to the polls
nearly as much.
UW La Crosse Political Science Professor Joe Heim
says democrats typically have lower voter turn out
especially in non-presidential election years....and
bringing in President Obama can encourage people to
head to the polls.
He's still widely supported and admired by African
Americans so he's there to target that particular
group to get them out to vote.
Governor Scott Wa lker is also doing what he can...he
campaigned with Representative Paul Ryan in West Salem
Wednesday...and will be joined once again by Govoner
Chris Christie on friday..
but walker says that isn't for political gain.
He's just a lot of he asked if he could come in so
we said come on in to join us.
But really our focus is were not brining in any surgots
in from washington our focus is on wisconsin walker.
Heim says Christie's visit is very political...and
gives Walker a broader reach in the state.
He's a very big name in the republican party but he's
a more moderate, it shows the governor is more acceptable
to the moderate wing of his own party.
Most of the big democratic names have rallied in
Vicki Burke of the La Crosse County Democratic party
she's trying to reach voters locally
It's important that we get out and talk to our neighbors
cause that makes a difference to to remind them how
important the election is.
Heim says the race is so close that at this point
it's a numbers game.
This is probably more than anything a turn out election
which party gets there better base out is going to
win the election.
Heim did point out that while high-profile campaigners
do increase voter turn out they also help with fundraising