By Rob Janicki
The latest polling in Wisconsin's Democratic primary, to be held on Tuesday, May 8, have Milwaukee Mayor Thomas Barrett substantially ahead of the three other Democratic challengers. This fact places Barrett as the prohibitive favorite to meet Governor Scott Walker in the gubernatorial recall election on June 5. The following polling indicates the latest head to head results between Barrett and Walker and it couldn't be much closer.
[...] Madison - Gov. Scott Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett are locked in a dead-even race for governor, according to a poll released Wednesday by Marquette University Law School.
Among registered voters, Barrett led Walker 47% to 46%. That 1-point advantage was reversed when considering only likely voters, with Walker holding 48% and Barrett holding 47%. [...]
The significance of the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election can not be under estimated. It is a clash of historic proportions that line up conservative Republicans against an entrenched state Democratic Party virtually run by the state's public sector unions. Wisconsin has been flooded with out of state union members and their associated PACs in support of the Democratic Party fielding a winning candidate. To be fair, Walker has benefited from outside PAC's also and has personally raised far more funds than all the Democrat candidates combined. In the end it will be a clash of PACs, both conservative and liberal. More importantly it may well set a pattern for other states to reform their relationships with their public sector unions.