Burke, Walker try to win over women

Fight for female vote comes as the race remains razor-thin, despite a massive gender divide
Burke, Walker try to win over women
Mary Burke and Scott Walker

Candidates for Wisconsin governor are trying to win over women.

First lady Michelle Obama is making two stops in eight days to boost Democrat Mary Burke. And Gov. Scott Walker is turning to a domestic violence victim to tout his record in an emotional new television ad.

The fight for the female vote comes as the race remains razor-thin, despite a massive gender divide. Last week’s Marquette University Law School poll showed Walker with a 28-point lead among men, but Burke with a 14-point advantage among women.

Burke would become Wisconsin’s first female governor. But she focuses not on that historical marker but instead on Walker’s record. Outside abortion-rights groups are also spending heavily to help Burke and hammer Walker on his support for a slew of measures they opposed.

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