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|Governor of Wisconsin|
|Elections and appointments|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
- 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.
- See also: Scott Walker recall, Wisconsin (2012)
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.
- See also: Common Core State Standards Initiative
In addition to the ongoing issues that fueled the protests and subsequent failed recall, the issue of Common Core 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.
State of the race
Polling as of October 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. As of July 2014, The Cook Political Report rated this race as a "toss-up."
Another factor in the race may be the two third-party candidates: Libertarian Robert Burke and Peoples Party candidate Dennis Fehr. Neither candidate has shown strong polling, but even a small number of votes can make a difference in a tight race. Robert Burke, a "socially liberal" former Republican, has said that he "...can mess things up for both sides." Fehr is the founder and sole candidate of the Peoples Party, not to be confused with the People's Party.
Both Walker and Mary Burke faced primary challengers but won comfortably for their respective parties' nominations. Walker's only opponent, Steve Evans, ran as a write-in candidate, while Burke was endorsed by the Wisconsin Democratic Party's Administrative Committee over her opponent, State Assemblyman Brett Hulsey.
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- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "CERTIFICATE OF NOMINATION FOR GENERAL ELECTION," accessed July 4, 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
- The Cook Political Report, "2014 GOVERNORS RACE RATINGS FOR JULY 30, 2014," accessed July 31, 2014
- Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, "Two Burkes on ballot for governor," July 11, 2014
- The Cap Times, "John Nichols: Libertarians give Wisconsin another option," July 1, 2014
- Wausau Daily Herald, "Letter: More than two are running for governor," July 16, 2014
- Dennis Fehr for Governor, "About our Candidate," accessed July 31, 2014
- Democratic Party of Wisconsin, "Candidates," accessed July 31, 2014
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