Democrat Mary Burke, the former bicycle executive from
Madison who plans to challenge Republican Gov. Scott Walker in next
year's governor's race, remains largely unknown among Wisconsin voters
-- but that doesn't mean people won't vote for her, a new poll found.
A Marquette University Law School poll released Tuesday said 70% of voters don't know Burke, a former Trek Bicycle executive and Commerce Secretary under Doyle.
the poll also found that she only trailed Walker by only two percentage
points, with 47 percent of respondents saying they would vote for
Walker and 45 percent saying they would vote for Burke.
That split is within the polls margin of error, which is plus-or-minus 2.8% among the likely voters questioned by pollsters.
The poll was conducted between Thursday and Sunday, and included landlines and cell phones.
Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, D-Alma, who is popular among liberal activists
in the Democratic party, has also been considering getting in the
The poll found 79% of respondents didn't know who Vinehout, but she only trailed Walker by three percentage points -- 47 to 44%.
"I think we see the evidence that the state remains evenly divided," said Charles Franklin, the poll's director.