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Latest Marquette poll shows races coming down to the wire

As we enter the final few weeks before the November 6 general elections, the latest Marquette University Law School Poll unveiled Wednesday shows that some of Wisconsin’s major statewide races are still too close to call.

The headline race continues to be that for governor, with incumbent Gov. Scott Walker facing Democratic challenger Tony Evers. Among likely voters polled October 3-7, Walker now holds a slim advantage over Evers: 47 percent to 46 percent. That’s well within the poll’s +/- 3.9 percent margin of error. Marquette’s September poll had Evers holding a 49 percent to 44 percent advantage.

Incumbent U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin continues to hold a strong lead over Republican challenger State Sen. Leah Vukmir – the latest poll shows Baldwin with a 10-point lead among likely voters, 53 percent to 43 percent. That’s little changed from the September poll, where Baldwin led 53 percent to 42 percent.

While there are few undecideds in either the governor or U.S. Senate races, there are still those unsure about how they will vote in the attorney general’s race. Incumbent AG Brad Schimel holds a 47 percent to 43 percent advantage over challenger Josh Kaul among likely voters, with 10 percent unsure in the latest poll – that’s a bit tighter than September’s 48 percent to 41 percent split, again with 10 percent undecided.

The Marquette poll is highly regarded for its past performance and overall methodology. Its director, Professor Charles Franklin, is respected nationally for his work developing polling science. A final poll is scheduled to be announced October 31 – six days before Election Day.

Physicians are encouraged to make the voice of medicine heard both at the polling place on Nov. 6 and also via campaign contributions through the Society’s WISMedDIRECT program. Contact the Society’s Heidi Green at 608.442.3720 to make contributions to the candidate(s) of your choice.

Contact Mark Grapentine, JD, for more information.

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