Republican front-runner Scott Walker holds an eight-point lead over Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in the race to be Wisconsinâ€™s next governor.
The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows Walker picking up 49% support, while Barrett earns 41% of the vote. Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate, while six percent (6%) are undecided.
Walker, the county executive of Milwaukee County, reached 50% support for the first time two weeks ago against Barrett, who had 43% support.
With this survey, Wisconsin moves from a Toss-Up state to Leans Republican in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Gubernatorial Scorecard.
Barrett remains in a virtual tie with former Congressman Mark Neumann, the other GOP hopeful in the contest. Neumann picks up 45% to Barrettâ€™s 43%. Two weeks ago, the race was 45% to 44% in favor of Barrett.
Walker has consistently proven to be the slightly stronger GOP candidate against Barrett, with support back to early February in the narrow range of 46% to 50%. In those same surveys, support for Barrett has ranged from 40% to 44%.
Neumann has picked up 43% to 47% of the vote against Barrett, who has earned 39% to 46% in those matchups.
Barrett has no strong opposition for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. Voters in both parties will pick their nominees in September 14 primaries.
The survey of 750 Likely Voters in Wisconsin was conducted on August 10, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.Â Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted byÂ Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. SeeÂ methodology.
Incumbent Democrat Russ Feingold and his top Republican challenger, Ron Johnson, are essentially tied again this month in Wisconsinâ€™s U.S. Senate race.
While Walker earns 90% support from Republicans, Neumann picks up 81% support. Barrett is backed by roughly 80% of those in his party in both match-ups. Both Republicans pick up over 50% support among voters not affiliated with either major political party.
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