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Poll shows governor's race still close

Marquette University Law School poll out Wednesday

MADISON, Wis. - The latest Marquette University Law School poll shows Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke are in a dead heat.

The latest results released Wednesday show little movement in the race with 10 weeks until Election Day. Polls in May and July also showed the race to be essentially tied.

The latest poll shows Walker with 47.5 percent support among registered voters, compared with 44 percent for Burke. That is within the poll's 3.5 points margin of error.

Among likely voters, Burke led Walker 48.6 percent to 46.5 percent. That is also within the 4.1 points margin of error among the smaller population of likely voters.

"I've said for a year this is going to be a tight election," Walker told Green Bay reporters Wednesday. "We felt about 47 or 48 percent is what any Democrat would have. Mary Burke, Tom Barrett, Ron Kind, Peter Barca, no matter who it was, anyone with credibility."

"It's good news," Burke said after the poll was released. "I have known from the start this is going to be a really tough race, but as we go down the numbers are improving slightly among likely voters and that was good to see."

The poll was done between Aug. 21 and Sunday. There were 815 registered voters and 609 likely voters quizzed.

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