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A short one but a good one:

The race is heating up between Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic candidate Mary Burke.
The latest Marquette University Law School poll shows Gov. Scott Walker in a dead heat with Democratic challenger Mary Burke.

The poll released Wednesday showed Walker with 46 percent among registered voters, compared with 45 percent for Burke. That is within the poll's 3.5 percent margin of error.

In the previous poll, conducted in May, Walker and Burke were also tied among registered voters. - WMTV 15 Madison, 7/23/14

Here's some more info:

Scott Walker(left) and Mary Burke official campaign photos, use when we need side by side image.
Among likely voters, Burke led Walker, 47%-46%.

As expected, there was a gender gap, with Walker holding an advantage among men and Burke among women. Walker also led with voters who are married.

"We see both marital status and gender are playing a role here," said Charles Franklin, the poll director.

Walker's job approval slipped from 49% in May to 47% in July.

Fifty-four percent said the state was headed in the right direction and 41% said it was on the right track.

"If the state is headed in the right direction, is that just expressing a general optimism that we're climbing out of the recession or is it a view of the state and its progress...," Franklin said.

Asked about the state budget, 45% of the voters said it was in a better shape, 28% the same and 22% said it was in worse shape.

On jobs, 9% said the state was creating jobs faster than other states, 42% the same as others, 43% said the state was lagging others.

There was support for raising the $7.25 an hour minimum wage. Fifty-six percent support a raise, a drop of 7 points from a March poll. Thirty-nine percent oppose a raise.

Only 37% would now vote to retain and 56% would vote to repeal the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

The results were all inside the margin of error.

The poll of 804 registered Wisconsin voters was conducted by interviews on cellphones and landlines Thursday through Sunday. The margin of error was plus or minus 3½ percentage points.

Among those polled were 549 people who said they were registered and likely to vote. The margin of error on that sample was 4.3%. - Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel, 7/23/14

All in all, great news.  This should have the GOP scared.  Lord knows Walker's outside donors are worried:

Gov. Scott Walker raised more than half his sizable haul of campaign cash from outside Wisconsin this year, while his challenger Mary Burke raised two-thirds of her donations inside the state, a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel analysis found.

Walker received $20,000 in total from Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam; $10,000 from reality television star and businessman Donald Trump; $10,000 from conservative philanthropist John Templeton Jr. of Bryn Mawr, Pa.; $20,000 in total from John Malone, head of Liberty Media Corp. in Englewood, Colo., and his wife, Leslie; $10,000 from financier T. Boone Pickens Jr. of Dallas; $10,000 from Mike Bidwill, president of the Arizona Cardinals pro football team; and $10,000 from John Menard, president of the Eau Claire-based Menards chain.

Burke received $20,000 in total from Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and his wife, Miriam, plus an additional $18,000 from Abele's campaign; $20,000 in total from packaging magnate and former New York lieutenant governor candidate Dennis Mehiel and wife, Karen; and $10,000 from Alida Messinger, member of the wealthy Rockefeller family and sister to Democratic U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia.

Unions also contributed more than $292,000 to Burke, with the biggest share of that coming from local, state and national teachers unions. - Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, 7/23/14

We're on the right track here people.  We need to keep it going the closer we get to November.  Click here to donate and get involved with Burk's campaign:

Originally posted to pdc on Wed Jul 23, 2014 at 11:07 AM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive and The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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