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“It’s one area that gives the governor tremendous advantage during this period,” he said.

But Democrats said they are not put off by the fundraising differences. Marty Bell, president of the Wisconsin State Employees Union, told the Associated Press that it dovetails with their strategy.

“It forced Walker and his minions to run on their record and issues rather than to run against an announced Democratic candidate,” Mr. Bell told AP. “This was a part of the rationale through the whole recall petition collection process … . And we win with some resources, but we don’t see matching him dollar for dollar.”

Successful gubernatorial recalls are rare. Former California Gov. Gray Davis, a Democrat, was recalled in 2003 and replaced by film star Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Ben Wolfgang contributed to this report.