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(04/16/06) -

Doyle, Green Tied in Wisconsin Race

(Angus Reid Global Scan) – The gubernatorial election in the Badger State promises to be a closely contested affair, according to a poll by Strategic Vision. 43 per cent of respondents would vote for Democratic incumbent Jim Doyle, while 43 per cent would support Republican United States congressman Mark Green.

(Angus Reid Global Scan) – The gubernatorial election in the Badger State promises to be a closely contested affair, according to a poll by Strategic Vision. 43 per cent of respondents would vote for Democratic incumbent Jim Doyle, while 43 per cent would support Republican United States congressman Mark Green.

Doyle—a Democrat—has acted as Wisconsin’s governor since January 2003. The former state attorney general defeated Republican incumbent Scott McCallum and Libertarian candidate Ed Thompson in the November 2002 election with 45 per cent of the vote.

Green has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1988, and is currently the assistant majority whip. In late March, Milwaukee County executive Scott Walker withdrew from the race for the GOP gubernatorial nomination.

Earlier this month, Green received the endorsement of the Wisconsin Right to Life action group. The Republican politician discussed how the issue of abortion would play out during the campaign, saying, “One of the advantages that both Doyle and I have is that it’s not speculative. People can take a look at what we’ve been involved in.”

The gubernatorial election is scheduled for Nov. 7. Since 1951, the Badger State has had six Republican and six Democratic heads of government.

Polling Data

If the election for Governor was held today, and the choice was between Jim Doyle, the Democrat and Mark Green, the Republican, whom would you vote for?

Apr. 2006

Mar. 2006

Jan. 2006

Jim Doyle (D)

43%

44%

44%

Mark Green (R)

43%

44%

43%

Undecided

14%

12%

13%

Source: Strategic Vision
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 800 likely Wisconsin voters, conducted from Apr. 7 and Apr. 9, 2006. Margin of error is 3 per cent.