Speed Reads

2014 midterms

Poll: Scott Walker ahead in Wisconsin, with Republicans more likely to vote

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) might be building a strong final lead in his close race against Democratic businesswoman Mary Burke, according to Marquette University Law School's final poll of the season — and it's mostly thanks to a possible enthusiasm advantage among Republican voters.

Walker has 50 percent support among likely voters, against Burke with 43 percent. The survey of likely voters was conducted from Oct. 23 to 26, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Notably, the race is much closer among the wider sample of registered voters, with Walker at 46 percent and Burke at 45 percent, with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

"More Walker voters in this sample are saying they are certain to vote than Burke voters," said polling director Charles Franklin as he presented the poll results.