Milwaukee mayor urges Democrats to vote early
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is urging Democrats to get to the polls and vote early.
Barrett is helping rally Democrats waiting for President Barack Obama to speak on behalf of Mary Burke, who is locked in a tight race with Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
Barrett ran unsuccessfully against Walker in 2010 and during the 2012 recall election spurred by anger over Walker’s signature legislation eliminating most public workers’ union rights.
Barrett is telling Democrats that Republicans “want us to stay home” this year.
Barrett says that instead, Democrats need to “call your old boyfriends, call your old girlfriends” and them and everyone else to vote. And he says, “You can vote now.”
Early voting started in Wisconsin on Oct. 20.
Happ rallies Dems waiting for Obama in Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Democratic candidate for Wisconsin attorney general has made an unexpected appearance in Milwaukee, rallying voters waiting to hear President Barack Obama.
Obama is expected to speak later Tuesday on behalf of Democrat Mary Burke, who is running neck-and-neck for governor with Republican incumbent Scott Walker.
Susan Happ is in a similarly close race for attorney general with Republican Brad Schimel.
Happ is telling voters that she was a wrestler as a child but that she eventually gave up the sport because she kept “beating the boys and making them cry.”
With two close races, both parties see turnout as the key to winning. Happ is telling supporters they need to get to the polls on Nov. 4 because “Republicans are counting on a low turnout, let’s prove them wrong.”
Things to know about Obama’s visit to Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE (AP) - President Barack Obama was jetting into Milwaukee on Tuesday in an attempt to push Democrat Mary Burke past the finish line in one of the closest governor’s races Wisconsin has seen.
A Marquette Law School poll released two weeks ago showed Burke and Republican Gov. Scott Walker tied at 47 percent, with just 3 percent of voters undecided. A final poll is planned for Wednesday. Meanwhile, here are a few things to know about the race and Obama’s visit:
THE AUDIENCE IS FRIENDLY. Obama planned to speak at a high school in a part of the city where he got 99 percent of the vote in 2012. The Democratic president received 843 of the 850 votes cast in a ward just west of the city’s downtown, while Republican challenger Mitt Romney got five votes and a third-party candidate got two. Overall, Obama won Milwaukee with 79 percent of the vote in 2012 and Wisconsin with 53 percent.
THE GOAL IS GETTING THE AUDIENCE TO THE POLLS. With Burke and Walker running neck-and-neck, the winner will likely be the candidate who gets more supporters to the polls. Democrats have been bringing in big names, including Obama and former President Bill Clinton, to energize supporters and get them to knock on doors and make phone calls encouraging others to vote. Some in the audience voted early for Burke, including Anna Morrow, of Milwaukee, and her 82-year-old mother, Eddye Morrow. “If anything could happen, I already have my vote in,” Anna Morrow said. “I don’t like to leave it to chance.”
IT’S ALL ABOUT WALKER. Many Burke supporters say they like her, but perhaps more importantly, they dislike Walker. Milwaukee teachers affected by his signature legislation effectively eliminating their collective bargaining rights showed up sporting T-shirts bearing their union logo. Carol McKean lives near Walker in Wauwatosa and volunteered for his Milwaukee County executive campaign. But she said she is voting for Burke this year because Walker’s union law led to increases in her health insurance costs that have made it hard for her to get treatment and medication for diabetes. “I still like Scott Walker as a human being,” McKean said. “But I think we need a new governor.”
WISCONSIN WAS OPEN FOR BUSINESS. Vendors set up stands to sell food to the hundreds of people who lined up outside the school hours before the president was to speak. David Robertson wore a Superman costume as he hawked hot dogs for $2 apiece. Nearby, Johnathan Dye, of Mr. Dye’s Pies, was selling “the best sweet potato pie on earth” for $3 a slice. Sales were slow in the early afternoon - Robertson had sold less than a dozen hot dogs in three hours, and Dye had just arrived - but both men were hoping business would pick up the longer people waited for admission.
Obama aims to help Burke in close governor’s race
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Hundreds of people are lining up outside a Milwaukee high school to hear President Barack Obama.
Obama is in Wisconsin’s largest city to stump for Democratic candidate for governor Mark Burke.
Among those lined up to hear Obama is Anna Morrow, of Milwaukee, and her 82-year-old mother, Eddye Morrow. Anna Morrow says she already has voted in early voting for Burke, in part because she does not like Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
Morrow says she turned out Tuesday mostly because she is excited about seeing a president of the United States. She says she thinks Obama is doing a good job, considering the opposition he’s facing from Republicans.
Overall, Obama remains more popular in Wisconsin than in other parts of the nation.
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