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    Burke Campaign for WI Governor Gains Momentum


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     While at the Democratic headquarters in La Crosse, Wisconsin, on October 22, gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke, stressed the importance of early voting. Covering the event, mediaman says people around him were energized to see the businesswoman turned politician. "There was a sense of down home Wisconsin friendliness," he said. mediaman predicts the election will be a tight race. "The state is extremely polarized and divided since Governor Walker took office. I have lived in Wisconsin most of my adult life and have never seen or heard such divide.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    With just weeks remaining in the hotly contested race for Wisconsin Governor between incumbent Republican Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke, the campaign momentum seems to be changing. Several weeks earlier, polls had shown Governor Walker with a 5 point lead, but after two debates, that lead has been erased. As of October 21nd, the St. Norbert College Strategic Research Institute and Wisconsin Public Radio Poll of likely voters had Walker with a slim 47% to 46% lead. However a new October 22nd Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of likely Wisconsin voters shows Mary Burke with 49%-48% lead over Walker.

    Mary Burke was “barnstorming” Wisconsin on Wednesday, October 22nd visiting La Crosse, Wisconsin with her message of encouraging residents to vote early. Burke talked about the lagging Wisconsin economy, jobs, and education. Burke noted that, “Governor Walker has made the largest cuts in education in the entire country.”

    The crowd was enthusiastic and Burke has been gaining notoriety from many of her “Burke bus stops” throughout the state. A business executive from Trek Bicycle and former Wisconsin Secretary of Commerce, she has performed well in two debates and appears confident in front of audiences and the press.

    For the Walker campaign, more news surfaced regarding the continuing John Doe investigation of potentially illegal campaign funding coordination. This week thousands of new e-mails had been released relating to the first phase of the John Doe investigation surrounding Governor Walker’s staff. The Associated Press reported, “Walker was never charged but six of his aides and associates were convicted on charges ranging from theft to misconduct in office.” Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele’s office released 16,000 e-mails relating to the initial John Doe investigation. Governor Walker has claimed the release of the documents now, is politically motivated.

    With Election Day looming on November 4th, the race for Governor in Wisconsin is purported to be the tightest race in the United States. News from either campaign may influence the few remaining undecided voters as early voting continues. Stay tuned.
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