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Thursday, May 17, 2012

 5:20 PM 

Dem polling memo: Barrett in good position against Walker

Dems today circulated a polling memo from Tom Barrett’s campaign that argues the Milwaukee mayor is in a good position against Gov. Scott Walker in spite of polls this week showing the incumbent with a narrow lead.

The memo, which WisPolitics.com obtained from a Dem operative, touts campaign polling numbers that the document argues show momentum for Barrett. But it does not include any head-to-head results with Walker.

The memo, prepared by the Gain Hart Yang Research Group, says that Barrett’s polling from Monday and Tuesday “shows the Barrett campaign has stabilized and the gubernatorial match-up has tightened considerably.” It argues Barrett has cut Walker’s lead by more than half in the Milwaukee media market, the largest in the state, and Walker’s job rating there dropped 8 percent from the weekend. The memo also argues the race will be won or lost on the ground and there is “no doubt that the Democratic base is organized and energized.”

The campaign is aggressively targeting 400,000 people who voted in the 2008 presidential race, but didn’t turn out in 2010. It says Barrett leads 57 percent to 37 percent with those voters.

“If the Barrett campaign and its allies can turnout just a fraction of these ‘drop off’ voters on June 5th, then Wisconsinites will finish the job they started last year and defeat Scott Walker,” the memo concludes.

-- By JR Ross

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