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Scott Walker, Tony Evers mashup Marquette

Gov. Scott Walker and State Superintendent Tony Evers are facing off in the 2018 governor's race on Nov. 6.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker is tied with Democratic nominee Tony Evers in Wisconsin’s race for governor, and the U.S. Senate race between Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Republican Leah Vukmir has tightened considerably, the latest Marquette Law School poll shows.

Among likely voters, the poll finds both Walker and Evers with 46 percent support.

Meanwhile Vukmir, R-Brookfield, has closed the gap on Baldwin, D-Madison, the poll finds. It is the first since last week’s primary election, which made Evers the Democratic nominee to face Walker in November, and Vukmir the Republican nominee against Baldwin.

Vukmir-Baldwin mashup Marquette

Republican U.S. Senate nominee Leah Vukmir, left, faces Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, right, in the November election. 

The new poll has Baldwin with 49 percent support and Vukmir with 47 percent support among likely voters. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.5 percentage points. The poll interviewed 601 voters by landline or cellphone from Aug. 15-19.

Those findings could be a wake-up call to some Democrats nationally who have seen Baldwin as poised to comfortably win re-election.

Collectively, the results reinforce that both statewide elections could be very closely contested.

Among registered voters — a larger sample at 800 respondents — Baldwin’s lead over Vukmir expands to 51-43 percent. Walker has a 46-44 lead on Evers among those voters. The margin of error for the results is plus or minus 4 points.

Republicans enjoy a slight edge over Democrats in enthusiasm, with 69 percent of GOP registered voters saying they’re very enthusiastic about voting, compared to 67 percent of Democrats and 56 percent of independents.

This contradicts most previous evidence, including other polls, special election results and admissions by various Republican candidates, that Democrats enjoy a considerable enthusiasm edge this cycle.

The poll finds President Donald Trump’s approval/disapproval rating at 47 percent/50 percent among likely voters and 45 percent/51 percent among registered voters. In July, the poll found Trump had 42 percent approval and 50 percent disapproval among registered voters.

The partisan makeup of respondents to the poll favors Republicans, particularly among likely voters. In that sample, 48 percent of respondents said they identify as Republican or Republican-leaning, compared to 42 percent as Democratic or Democratic-leaning. Nine percent identified as independent.

In the race for governor, the likely voter sample finds 6 percent support for Libertarian Phil Anderson. Two percent of those voters said they have no preference.

The governor’s race results are similar to what the poll found at this point in the 2014 cycle. The August 2014 Marquette poll showed Democrat Mary Burke with a 2-point lead over Walker among likely voters, but Walker leading by about 3 points among registered voters.

The previous Marquette poll, conducted in July, focused on the primary races and didn’t look at general election matchups.

In June, the poll found Walker leading Evers 48 percent to 44 percent, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Other polls in July, conducted by NBC News/Marist and Emerson College, found Evers leading Walker.

Past polls showed Baldwin leading Vukmir, though they were conducted during the competitive GOP primary between Vukmir and Kevin Nicholson. The June Marquette poll had Baldwin leading Vukmir 49 percent to 40 percent with 8 percent undecided and 4 percent saying “neither.”

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(12) comments


If polls mattered, HilLiar y would be president. If liberals were correct, Walker wouldn’t have won 3 elections for Gov. That’s all you need to know about polls and looney liberals.


In your opinion, is every pollster just a bunch of looney liberals?


superman - Climatereality hasn't even figured out the difference between weather and climate. You expect him to have an opinion that matters?


So.. believe polls?

Proud LAX Dem

This is ridiculous. A good economy does not matter. What matters is making sure union workers don’t have to pay for health insurance. What matters is stopping parents from “choosing” what school their kids can go to.


Is this for real, or are you being sarcastic?

Rick Czeczok

Wow the press must have had to search out a whole bunch of poll's to find one that said that it was even close. DREAM ON FAKE NEWSPAPER!!!!!!! Print facts not opinions that you want to drive forward. You will see in November that Walker wins by 10 points..... ANY bets.....


Do the Bill Clinton practice of wetting your finger every day and holding it up into the wind. I think the "polls" showed Hillary winning Wisconsin, and the press carried that all the way to the election results.


Hey, Bill Clinton beat you twice. You really should get over your Hillary love affair. You might end up like Buggs.

B Butterfield

Evers is now tied with one of the ten least popular governors in the state, and Republicans actually feel MORE enthusiastic about voting than Democrats now in Wisconsin. When will the DPW learn that the majority of Wisconsin voters don't go for boring, centrist, establishment Democrats any more. As an independent fighting economic and political corruption, Mike McCabe would beat Walker just as Bernie would have beaten Trump, but the Democratic party establishment gets in the way again. We need a way out of the two-party trap.

Rick Czeczok

I agree with you on the two party trap, however the rest of your comment is nothing more then speculation. Socialism however I don't believe is the answer, the government owns you in that system.

B Butterfield

Rick, unlike the old fascist/communist totalitarianism, whereby the political system ruled the economic system, what we now have is what Sheldon Wolin called "inverted totalitarianism," whereby the economic system rules the political system. Corporate oligarchs make unlimited campaign donations to candidates on both sides and then have a kind of unlimited lobbying power over them after they're elected that you and I can never dream of having. The word "socialism" is an old scare tactic to keep us from trying to make the political system work for us instead of them for a change. We just need our tax dollars to go to our roads and our schools and our retirement and healthcare systems instead of to Foxconn and other corporate welfare recipients. Walker belongs to the Koch brothers, which is why he turned down $90 million for a high-speed rail system so we'd all keep having to use their oil driving cars. Evers has been doing Betsy DeVos's bidding spreading charter schools that drain money from public schools and will keep doing the same. We need a New New Deal, we need to stand together and revolt against capitalism as we know it. Evers will be better than Walker in that regard, but not by much, and Walker's got way more money than he'll ever raise anyway, so we're all s$rewed.

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