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Gov. Walker on top against potential Democratic candidates in 2014

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MILWAUKEE, WI (WTAQ) - A new Marquette Law School poll released this afternoon shows that Governor Scott Walker is in a tight race with Democrat Mary Burke. 

Forty-seven percent of the 800 registered voters surveyed are willing to give the Republican Walker a second term when the election rolls around in 372 days. 

Forty-five percent said they'd vote for Burke, even if they don't know yet where she stands. 

The two-point difference is within the poll's five-point margin of error. 

Poll director Charles Franklin calls the race a toss-up -- even though 70-percent are not sure whether they have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Burke. 

For now, the former state commerce secretary and Trek Bicycle executive has shied away from the hot-button issues of job creation and the future of the Act-10 public union bargaining limits. 

Burke did say she would have taken the Obama-care Medicaid funds that Walker rejected.  

Meanwhile, state Senate Democrat Kathleen Vinehout trails Walker in their own Marquette poll, 47-44. 

Vinehout -- who ran in the Walker recall contest last year -- plans to announce early next year if she'll run again. Almost 8-of-every-10 surveyed said they didn't have an opinion of Vinehout. 

The poll also pitted Walker head-to-head with Democratic Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca.  Walker leads that comparison, 48-42. 

The Marquette poll was taken last Monday through Thursday.

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