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Latest polls show major races are toss-ups

The latest Marquette University Law School poll shows tossups in two statewide elections next Tuesday: Governor Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Tony Evers are tied among likely voters at 47 percent, while incumbent Attorney General Brad Schimel’s race with challenger Josh Kaul is a statistical dead heat. Incumbent U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin continues to lead Republican challenger Leah Vukmir by double digits.

The Marquette Law School poll is highly regarded; Professor Charles Franklin is one of the nation’s most-respected pollsters with an impressive history of poll results being mimicked in actual election returns. The latest poll, unveiled Wednesday, was conducted October 24-28 and involved 1,400 registered voters, 1,154 who are identified as “likely” to vote. The margin of error among these likely voters is +/- 3.2 percent.

The poll also asked voters for their most and second-most important issues heading into the elections: 43 percent identified health care coverage as their primary or secondary issue. Evers has the support of 65 percent of these voters, with Walker holding 32 percent support. The poll identifies “jobs and the economy” as the third-most important issue (K-12 education is in the second slot), where Walker holds a 74 percent vs 20 percent advantage among these voters.

Physicians are encouraged to make their voices heard next Tuesday—you can find your polling place here. And stay tuned for a post-election WisMed OnCall podcast next week, where Society lobbyists Mark Grapentine, JD, and Lisa Davidson will share perspectives on the 2019-2020 government landscapes in Madison and Washington, D.C. following Tuesday election results.

Contact Mark Grapentine, JD, for more information.

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