Democrat Falk gets influential endorsement

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Candidate for governor Kathleen Falk has picked up support from an influential Democratic group in her bid to replace Republican Gov. Scott Walker if a recall election is called.

Emily’s List, a Washington-based political group that helps elect Democratic women who support abortion rights, announced Thursday that it will back Falk. An Emily’s List endorsement often gives candidates a significant boost in fundraising from the group’s network of donors.

Walker has already raised more than $12 million since last year to defend himself, a significant advantage over whoever the Democratic candidate will be.

Falk and state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout are the only announced Democratic candidates. The state elections board is in the process of determining whether recall organizers submitted enough valid signatures to trigger an election against Walker.