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Burke {{2014isrunning}} for [[Wisconsin gubernatorial election, 2014|election]] as [[Governor of Wisconsin]] in 2014.<ref> [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/07/mary-burke-scott-walker_n_4057221.html ''Huffington Post'', "Mary Burke Announces Candidacy For Governor In Wisconsin (VIDEO)," October 7, 2013] </ref> Burke won the [[Democratic]] nomination in the primary on August 12. {{Nov2014genelection}}
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Mary Burke
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ProfessionMember, Madison School Board
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Mary Burke is a Democratic candidate for Governor of Wisconsin in the 2014 elections.[1]

Burke currently serves on the Madison School Board.


Burke is a former executive of Trek Bicycle, a company founded by her father in 1976. Burke left Trek in 2005 after being named as Secretary of the Commerce Department by Gov. Jim Doyle (D).[2]



See also: Wisconsin gubernatorial election, 2014

Burke is running for election as Governor of Wisconsin in 2014.[3] Burke won the Democratic nomination in the primary on August 12. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Primary results

Wisconsin Gubernatorial Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMary Burke 83.3% 259,383
Brett Hulsey 16.7% 52,020
Total Votes 311,403
Election Results Via:Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Primary Election Results.

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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.

2012 recall

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.[4] Walker is the only governor to have survived a recall and only the third governor to face a recall election in US history.[5]

Common Core

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 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.[6] Burke publicly supports Common Core.[7]

State of the race

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. As of July 2014, The Cook Political Report rated this race as a Tossup.[8]

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."[9][10][11] Fehr is the founder and sole candidate of the Peoples Party, not to be confused with the People's Party.[12]

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.[13]



Governor of Wisconsin
Poll Scott Walker (R) Mary Burke (D)Undecided/OtherMargin of ErrorSample Size
Marquette University Law School Poll
October 21-24, 2013
Rasmussen Reports
March 10-11, 2014
Marquette University Law School Poll
March 20-23, 2014
St. Norbert College Strategic Research Institute
March 24 - April 3, 2014
Magellan Strategies for the Liberty Foundation of America
April 14-15,2014
Public Policy Polling
April 17-20, 2014
Marquette University Law School Poll
May 15-18, 2014
Marquette University Law School Poll
July 17-20, 2014
Gravis Marketing
July 31-August 3, 2014
AVERAGES 47.68% 44.54% 7.39% +/-3.64 828
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

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  1. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Democrats quietly help Mary Burke explore possible gubernatorial bid," July 24, 2013
  2. Superior Telegram, "Businesswoman Mary Burke enters governor's race," October 7, 2013
  3. Huffington Post, "Mary Burke Announces Candidacy For Governor In Wisconsin (VIDEO)," October 7, 2013
  4. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Race tightens, with Scott Walker, Mary Burke tied among registered voters," May 21, 2014
  5. The Guardian, "Wisconsin governor Scott Walker survives bitterly fought recall election," June 6, 2012
  6. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Gov. Scott Walker calls for Legislature to repeal Common Core standards," July 17, 2014
  7. WKOW Madison, "Burke supports sticking with Common Core in WI," July 19, 2014
  8. The Cook Political Report, "2014 GOVERNORS RACE RATINGS FOR JULY 30, 2014," accessed July 31, 2014
  9. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, "Two Burkes on ballot for governor," July 11, 2014
  10. The Cap Times, "John Nichols: Libertarians give Wisconsin another option," July 1, 2014
  11. Wausau Daily Herald, "Letter: More than two are running for governor," July 16, 2014
  12. Dennis Fehr for Governor, "About our Candidate," accessed July 31, 2014
  13. Democratic Party of Wisconsin, "Candidates," accessed July 31, 2014
  14. Huffington Post, "Russ Feingold Group Jumps Into Fight To Defeat Scott Walker," October 22, 2013
  15. Politico, "EMILY’s List to back Mary Burke in Wisconsin," accessed October 24, 2013
  16. Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin, " Endorsed candidates," accessed November 7, 2013