Scott Walker leads in Wisconsin
If you listen to Big Labor, they say that they have Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker cornered. After some needed reforms to the state’s collective bargaining laws, they launched a successful recall effort against him as payback. But the reality is that they are struggling mightly.
On Tuesday, Big Labor’s favored candidate, Kathleen Falk, lost to Tom Barrett, a former Mayor of Milwaukee who lost to Walker in 2010. To make matters worse for them, Walker managed the biggest turnout in Wisconsin in 60 years. And this, folks, is a special election, not a general primary.
Moreover, Rasmussen Reports shows that Walker is leading Barrett, who Big Labor will no doubt get behind, just a few weeks against of the recall matchup:
A new Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey shows that 50% of the state’s Likely Voters prefer Walker while 45% choose Barrett. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate and another two percent (2%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Barrett, the mayor of Milwaukee, won the Democratic nomination Tuesday. The June 5 recall election will be a rematch of the 2010 race, which Walker won with 52% of the vote. Walker’s successful effort to limit collective bargaining rights for some unionized public employees as a deficit-cutting measure prompted the recall effort by unions and Democrats.
According to the survey, Walker is viewed in favorable light by a majority of Wisconsin voters. But his negatives are also very high. He’s polarizing, there is no doubt about it. But can Wisconsin Democrats mount a successful enough campaign to oust him? It’s too early to say, but using a retread candidate that Big Labor had reservations about isn’t a good start.