|Governor of Wisconsin|
- See also: Wisconsin gubernatorial election, 2014
This is incumbent Governor Scott Walker's third election in four years: he first won in the 2010 elections and he faced a high-profile recall election in 2012. Walker, a Republican, defeated the same Democratic opponent, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, by a similar margin in both elections. This year, Walker's main Democratic challenger is Mary Burke, a former business executive and current member of the school board in Madison, Wisconsin.
Democrats targeted Walker for recall due to his efforts to limit the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions through Wisconsin Assembly Bill 11, the "Scott Walker Budget Repair Bill", which the governor introduced in February 2011. The bill was immediately met with wide-scale protests. While the passions of the 2012 recall and of the 2010 election, an election that saw Republicans win control of the House of Representatives and many other offices across the country, may not be as strong this year, the underlying issues still exist and Governor Walker remains a divisive figure. Walker is the only governor to have survived a recall and only the third governor to face a recall election in US history.
In addition to the ongoing issues that fueled the protests and subsequent failed recall, the issue of Common Core has recently surfaced in this race. Walker, a former supporter of the education standards, has recently begun to back away from his stance and has sought to change how Common Core is implemented in Wisconsin. Burke publicly supports Common Core.
Polling as of July 2014 indicates that this will be a close race with few undecided voters, driven by the highly charged political atmosphere and almost continuous campaigning caused by the recall. The race is likely to hinge on which candidate is better able to motivate their voters to go to the polls, rather than appealing to the few voters still undecided. Another factor in the race may be the two third-party candidates: Libertarian Robert Burke and People's Party candidate Dennis Fehr.
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- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Candidates Registered by Office," February 17, 2014
- The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Race tightens, with Scott Walker, Mary Burke tied among registered voters," May 21, 2014
- The Guardian, "Wisconsin governor Scott Walker survives bitterly fought recall election," June 6, 2012
- The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Gov. Scott Walker calls for Legislature to repeal Common Core standards," July 17, 2014
- WKOW Madison, "Burke supports sticking with Common Core in WI," July 19, 2014
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