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Walker tied with rivals in recall polling


MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WSAU) – Governor Scott Walker is in a statistical dead heat with two of his potential recall challengers, according to the newest Marquette Law School poll released this afternoon.

Seven-hundred-seven likely voters were surveyed from last Thursday through Sunday.

And they gave the Republican Walker a 49-to-45 percent lead over Kathleen Falk, and a 47-45 edge over Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. Both are within the poll’s four-percent margin of error – and both leads are slightly smaller than in the last Marquette poll in January.

Walker has a stronger 49-42 advantage over Secretary of State Doug La Follette, and a 49-41 edge over Senator Kathleen Vinehout.

Falk, La Follette, and Vinehout announced their bids some time ago. Barrett says he’ll wait until after Friday’s deadline for the state to certify the Walker recall petitions.

The Marquette poll also showed that Barrett leads Falk 36-to-29 percent in a potential Democratic primary. Without Barrett in the primary, Falk has a wide 54-percent edge to 15 for La Follete and 12 for Vinehout.

Falk asked Barrett last week to step aside and support her – just like she supported Barrett against Walker in 2010.

The new Marquette poll also gave Walker a 50-percent approval rating – same as in January and up a bit from February. Forty-seven disapproved of Walker’s job performance.