Poll Shows Scott Walker In A Tight Race In Wisconsin


A new Rassmussen Poll appears to show Governor Scott Walker in a tighter race for reelection than many had previously thought:

High-profile Republican incumbent Scott Walker is tied with Democratic challenger Mary Burke in Rasmussen Reports’ first look at the 2014 governor’s race in Wisconsin.

The latest statewide poll of Likely Wisconsin Voters finds Walker and Burke each earning 45% support. Five percent (5%) like some other candidate in the race, and another five percent (5%) are undecided.

The only other recent poll of the Walker-Burke race, from Marquette University, showed Walker with a six point lead back in January. However, that poll was of Registered Voters while Rasmussen is surveying Likely Voters using its own model. Given that this is Rasmussen, it’s worth taking the poll with a grain of salt. Additionally, it’s worth noting that Walker has won two statewide elections in the last four years, including a recall election just two years ago that most polling seemed to show him losing up until the last minute. For that reason alone, I wouldn’t count Walker out by any means, and I’d suggest that we wait for additional polling on this race before jumping to any conclusions.

Nonetheless, Walker’s name is one that often comes up as a potential dark horse candidate for the 2016 GOP nomination and, for that reason alone, how he fares in his reelection bid this year is going to be something that will be closely watched.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. al-Ameda says:

    Scott Walker is formidable. If Burke is a stiff he’s going to win easily.

  2. gVOR08 says:

    Paraphrasing John Paul Jones – the Koch Brothers have not yet begun to spend.

  3. Scott O says:

    including a recall election just two years ago that most polling seemed to show him losing up until the last minute.



  4. Dave D says:

    Well he is trying to protect that because it looks like the state supreme court is going to overturn the voter id law as unconstitutional and he has vowed to hold a special session to pass a similar law to disenfranchise as many voters as possible.

  5. Dave D says:

    @Dave D: And today the state senate voted to limit early voting so the GOP machine to limit people from voting because they can’t win with their ideology continues. Or maybe they can if limiting the voting of their opponents base is considered ideology.