Governor Scott Walker holds a slight lead in a likely recall election, according to the latest Marquette Law School poll. The results released Tuesday have Governor Walker narrowly defeating the top two likely Democratic challengers by narrow margins.
However, Poll Director Charles Franklin says the gap between the governor and those candidates has shrunk since a similar poll earlier this year. Against Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who lost to Walker in 2010, the governor was up 47 to 45. Against former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, Walker led 49 to 45. That’s compared to a poll in January, where Walker held a six point lead over Barrett and seven points over Falk.
The poll shows Senator Kathleen Vinehout trailing Walker 41-percent to 49 and Secretary of State Doug La Follette down 42-percent to 49.
The margin of error for the poll is plus or minus 3.8-percent.
For the primary, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett leads former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk 36 to 29, with Senator Kathleen Vinehout and Secretary of State Doug La Follette trailing at just 8-percent. However, Franklin notes 17-percent of those responding are still undecided.
Barrett was included in the polling, despite the fact that he has not yet decided whether he wants to run in the recall. The Milwaukee mayor has said he plans to make a decision by next week. If he stays out of the race, Franklin says the poll shows Falk easily winning the Democratic nomination.
AUDIO: Andrew Beckett reports (1:18)