Walker ahead in last poll before election

Republican Gov. Scott Walker is leading Democrat Mary Burke in the last Marquette University Law School poll released before Tuesday’s election.

The poll released Wednesday showed Walker with 50 percent support, compared with 43 percent for Burke. The poll had a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

Walker and Burke were tied with 47 percent support in the previous poll released two weeks ago. The one before that, on Oct. 1, showed Walker with a narrow 5-point lead.

The latest poll of 1,164 likely voters was done between Oct. 23 and Sunday.

Poll director Charles Franklin said, “polls don’t vote, people do” and encouraged everyone to vote on Tuesday.

Following the release of the Marquette Law School Poll, Burke for Wisconsin Communications Director Joe Zepecki released the following statement:

“Today’s poll confirms what we’ve known for months – it’s too close to call and going to come down to turnout. In the final 6 days voters face a clear choice. A new direction with Mary Burke where everyone willing to put in the hard work gets a fair shot. Or to continue on the failed path Gov. Walker has us on – which puts those at the top and special interests ahead of Wisconsin families. That approach has left Wisconsin dead last in the Midwest in private sector job creation over the last three years, according to the most accurate data, and facing a nearly $2 billion budget shortfall. This race will come down to turnout and every vote will make a difference.”

Walker was campaigning Wednesday around the state with U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, while Burke was in Green Bay.