Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) put an end to speculation and announced Friday that he is joining the recall race to unseat Republican Governor Scott Walker. Barett unsuccessfully ran for governor against Walker in 2010.
“Today, the Government Accountability Board certified a recall election against Scott Walker, and I wanted you to be among the first to know that, after serious deliberation and reflection, I will be a candidate for Governor,” he wrote in an email to supporters on Friday afternoon. “This was not a decision I made lightly,” Barrett added in his announcement. “I love this state and I care deeply about our future. That’s why I ran for governor in 2010 — even though I knew it was an uphill battle. We ran a strong and energetic campaign fueled by your support and the support of thousands across Wisconsin.”
Barrett may be the early and narrow front-runner in a race that includes former Democratic Dane County executive Kathleen Falk. Recent polling has Walker ahead of both challengers, with Walker leading Barrett 47 to 45 percent and Walker beating Falk 49 to 45 percent among registered voters.
Despite Barrett’s narrow lead as front-runner, Falk has significant backing from labor unions meaning the May 8 primary will be a fight.
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