MADISON (WKOW) — Recent poll numbers nationally and on the state level have shown incumbent Scott Walker and Democratic candidate for Governor Tony Evers tied in a dead heat. The latest Marquette University Law School Poll tells a different story, Evers is leading Walker by 5% (49% – 44%).
In the previous poll conducted in August, the race for governor was tied among likely voters, with Evers and Walker at 46%. For months Walker’s warned his party of a “blue wave” coming to Wisconsin.
“We’ve said all along we’ve got to be prepared for this and time and time again when we’ve been down in previous polls the grassroots organization and getting out to talk with voters can really make a difference,” said Walker.
The governor’s favorability numbers are increasingly getting better after a failed presidential run in 2016. Walker’s favorable rating is 45% and his unfavorable is 52%.
As for the U.S. Senate race, Democrat Tammy Baldwin is out on top among likely voters with 53% compared to Republican opponent Leah Vukmir with 42%. In August, the race was closer, with Baldwin 49% and Vukmir 47%.
“August it was pretty tight, but this time it’s not tight at all Baldwin out to an 11 point advantage for likely voters, that’s quite a bit of movement,” said Charles Franklin, MU Poll Director.
For the first time, the poll took an inside look at the Attorney General race between Republican Brad Schimel and Democrat Josh Kaul. Schimel is ahead receiving 48% and Kaul with 41% among likely voters. Ten percent lacked a preference in this race.
“What people know about the races and the candidates does matter and makes a difference in outcomes,” said Franklin. “The same group of people is answering these three questions and some choose different options.”