Barrett vs. Walker – the Final Debate & Recent Poll Information

Mayor Tom Barrett vs. Governor Scott Walker


Update: 6/5/12:  9:57 Election called for Walker and Kleefisch!

State senate races not called yet.

9:35 EST Walker 61% Barrett 38%, Kleefisch  61% Mitchell 39% with 22% reporting. Election to be called shortly.

(Guardian UK6.33pm: Reports of high turnout in Wisconsin have boosted both sides. Our correspondent in the state, Rory Carroll, has been tuning in to local radio, which has made the somewhat extraordinary claim of 119% turnout in parts of Madison, the state capital.

Union and grassroots activists attribute the figure to same-day voter registration – meaning that once you add the voters registered on the day to the turnout of pre-registered voters, you end up with a big number.

Rory adds a note of caution:

However Republican districts, notably the suburbs of Milwaukee, also turned out heavily, reassuring GOP activists that the surge would benefit Walker and confound conventional wisdom that high participation benefitsDemocrats. “A high turnout is good for our side,” said Brendan Smith, an activist at Republican campaign headquarters in Appleton. “At least we like to think so. In any case we’ll be campaigning till the last minute.”


The exit polls indicate that the decision rests with the voters who somewhat approve or disapprove.

Polls from the final 10 days –


Update: 6/4/12:  A poll late Sunday by Public Policy Polling in Raleigh, N.C.,  shows a tight race, at 50 to 47 with Walker in the lead. PPP is a liberal polling entity.

A weekend Rasmussen Poll showed Walker leading Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett among likely voters by a margin of 50-to-45 percent statewide.  Monday, a Marquette Poll showed Walker leading Barrett 52 to 45 percent.
Original Story: 6/3/12 –

Raw data – The Second & Final Debate – Walker vs. Barrett-

The John Doe Investigation is brought up repeatedly by Mayor Barrett and all of Walker’s opponents. Scott Walker continually reminds people that he is the one who asked the DA to investigate.

Most Wisconsin voters, according to polls, are not putting much stock in it and view it as politics as usual. The Progressives are running with this story regardless but there is no evidence at this point that Walker did anything wrong.

Broadcaster, David Shuster, claims that “anonymous” sources confirm that Governor Walker is now a target of the John Doe investigation. You can take “anonymous” sources right to the bank (kidding).

Remember when Olbermann claimed Rove was under investigation in the Valerie Plame case and was about to be indicted? We all know that was a lie and it too was based on “anonymous” sources.

Walker has vehemently denied he is the target of the investigation and since the investigation was launched after he asked for it, one has to wonder why he would be investigated at all.

Barrett constantly brings up the collective bargaining issue but has not been able to name one single public school that has been harmed by Walker’s reforms to the collective bargaining power of the public sector unions. That was the entire reason for the recall.

Fifty-Six percent of Wisconsin voters do not agree with this recall because it was based on a disagreement not malfeasance.

According to the leftists who initiated the recall, the recall was launched because Walker’s reforms were a “disaster” and would destroy public education in the state. Obviously, that turned out to be untrue.

I use the term “leftist” in the truest sense of the word. The protesters were running around with communist symbols on their placards.

Complicating Mayor Barrett’s arguments is the fact that he, as Mayor, has failed to improve education in Milwaukee. The test scores, graduation rates, and reading proficiency statistics have not improved under his leadership. He doesn’t have much of a record to run on.

The most recent Marquette Law School poll has Republican Governor Scott Walker and Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch ahead. Governor Walker leads Tom Barrett 52% to 45%, while Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch leads Mahlon Mitchell, 46% to 41%. According to the poll, Walker also has a job approval rating over 50%.

Most recent poll from Real Clear Politics –

Wednesday, May 30
Race/Topic   (Click to Sort) Poll Results Spread
Wisconsin Governor Recall Election – Walker vs. Barrett Marquette University Walker 52, Barrett 45 Walker +7
Thursday, May 24
Race/Topic   (Click to Sort) Poll Results Spread
Wisconsin Governor Recall Election – Walker vs. Barrett WPR/St. Norbert Walker 50, Barrett 45 Walker +5
Wisconsin Governor Recall Election – Walker vs. Barrett WeAskAmerica Walker 54, Barrett 42 Walker +12