MILWAUKEE— Just ahead of Tuesday’s recall election, a new Marquette University Law School poll shows Republican Gov. Scott Walker holding a 52%-to-45% lead over Democratic challenger Tom Barrett among likely Wisconsin voters.
The survey, conducted mostly before Walker and Barrett faced off Friday in the first of two televised debates, shows voter sentiment remarkably hardened, with just 3% of those questioned saying they were still undecided.
While that may seem tough news for Democrats and public employee unions who led the charge for the recall, another new survey released by Democratic pollster Celinda Lake tells a different story of a race that has tightened to a dead heat, with both candidates polling at 49%. The Lake poll, conducted mostly after last week’s debate, show independents turning toward Barrett.
The dueling surveys came out as national GOP chairman Reince Priebus, who is from Wisconsin, sought to play up the national significance of Tuesday’s vote, suggesting a strong turnout for Walker could carry over into November and build enthusiasm for Mitt Romney in a state President Obama easily won in 2008.