Walker Drastically Outspends Barrett But Race Is Still Nearly Tied
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker may be fighting for his political life in the June 5th recall, but at least he has a heavy arsenal to help him out.
Recent reports show that Walker has outspent his opponent, Democrat Tom Barrett, three to one when it comes to television advertising. The Hotline writes, “Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and his Republican allies have outspent Democrat Tom Barrett and supportive groups more than 3-1 on TV ad buys during the three months leading up to the June 5 recall election, according to a Hotline On Call analysis. Walker’s campaign, which has raised a record $25 million+ for the recall campaign, spent over $7 million for TV buys from March 20 through Election Day, according to a source tracking ad buys in the state.”
Part of the inequality in spending comes from the fact that there was no candidate until the recent primary, where as Walker has been defending himself on the air for months. But another factor has been the DNC’s unwillingness to provide support or otherwise engage on the behalf of Barrett until very recently.
President Barack Obama has remained distant in the political arena in Wisconsin, too, at least when it comes to active campaigning on the Democrat’s behalf. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports, “The Obama forces are pitching in with voter turnout and fund-raising appeals. But the President has avoided taking a vocal role in the conflict, and there is little expectation of an Obama visit to Wisconsin in the homestretch of the campaign. Whether Obama will be speaking out about the race in the coming days or sending top surrogates here is still unknown.”
But even without the more active support that the Republican party is providing Walker, Barrett continues to keep up with the incumbent. A new internal poll now has Barrett trailing Walker by just two points.
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