David Axelrod, Obama campaign 2012 strategist, spoke with reporters on Sunday about the Walker recall election in Wisconsin and told the Washington Times affiliated radio program America’s Morning News, “We’re well represented in Wisconsin,” said Mr. Axelrod, who insisted their organization is working for Mayor Barrett, despite the fact that President Barack Obama has not and will not be making a campaign stop before election day.
Not only did he mention that DNC Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Bill Clinton were in Wisconsin but also that the Democrats “have an army of lawyers there ready to protect the vote on Tuesday.”
Reuters is reporting two new public opinion polls have been released showing a close race between Barret and Walker:
Public Policy Polling, a Democratic polling firm, said Walker was leading 50 percent to 47 percent over Democratic challenger Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in its final survey. Angus Reid polling had Walker ahead 53 percent to 47 percent. Both findings were within the margin of error so the results could be even tighter.
The PPP margin of three percentage points compared with a five-point Walker lead in their survey three weeks ago.
“If Democrats turn out in the numbers they did in 2008, Tom Barrett will win a surprise victory. If they don’t, Walker will survive,” Dean Debnam, president of PPP, said in a statement on the polling firms website.
Wisconsin’s independent agency managing the election last week projected a turnout of 60 percent to 65 percent of the voting age population in the recall. This would be higher than the 49.7 percent turnout in the 2010 election for governor won by Walker, but not as high as the 69.2 percent turnout in the 2008 election won by President Barack Obama.
Many have questioned how serious the Democratic Party is taking the Walker-Barret race, given the meager amount of money the Democratic National Committee reportedly spent in the badger state. Mr. Axelrod, however, confirmed the Obama campaign did spend money in Wisconsin to help Mayor Barrett.
“We’ve invested over a million dollars in resources into that race, so we’re strongly supportive,” he said.
Update: Fox News Channel’s Shannon Bream is reporting from Twitter:
‘DOJ says it will monitor Tuesday elections in Milwaukee “to ensure compliance with the Voting Rights Act”’