A plagiarism scandal surrounding Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke may be affecting Wisconsin voters.
The latest Marquette University Law School poll, released Wednesday, shows incumbent Republican Gov. Scott Walker has opened up his lead against Burke by 5 percent among likely voters.
Of the 585 likely voters who participated in the Marquette poll between Sept. 25-28, 50 percent said they would vote for Walker; 45 percent said they would be voting for Burke. The poll’s margin of error is 4.1 percent.
Information for Marquette’s previous poll, which had Walker ahead of Burke by 3 percent, was collected between Sept. 11-14, several days before Buzzfeed first reported Burke’s campaign had lifted word-for-word numerous passages in her jobs plan from other sources. Buzzfeed also found additional instances of plagiarism in other Burke policy proposals.
Scott Walker is the gift that keeps on giving for Republicans and is probably headlining the nightmares of every Big Labor activist within a thousand mile radius of him. This race had been tightening before his opponent was discovered to be Bidenesque. Let’s hope he pounces and keeps this outside of the margin of error. The forecast for Republican governors had been less than rosy in the past few weeks and is now turning for the better in a couple of states in this critical last month of the campaign.