- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker has a slight lead over Democrat Mary Burke in the race for Wisconsin governor, a Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday showed, marking the first time since March that either candidate had an edge greater than the margin of error.

The positive numbers for Walker came after news broke that parts of Burke’s signature jobs plan also appeared in proposals by other Democratic gubernatorial candidates. Burke blamed a consultant and cut ties, but Walker and his allies have been blasting her over it in television ads.

Burke spokesman Joe Zepecki said it was no surprise the race remains too close to call because “Walker has stepped up the mudslinging and false, negative attacks in a desperate attempt to distract from his failed record.”

The poll showed that 18 percent of respondents said the copying issue made them less likely to vote for Burke, while 73 percent said it made no difference. For 7 percent it made them more likely to support Burke.

Walker and Burke had been about even, or within the poll’s margin of error, since May. In the latest poll, Walker had 50.4 percent support among likely voters compared with 44.7 percent for Burke. The margin of error was 4.1 percentage points.

The last time either candidate had a slight lead was in March, when Walker was up by 7 percentage points with a 3.5-point margin of error.

The latest poll of 585 likely voters was done between Sept. 25 and Sunday.

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