Republican Gov. Scott Walker has out-fundraised challenger Tom Barrett by more than 7 to 1, and the national Democratic Party's support for Barrett has been tepid at best.
The poll numbers may be tightening, but the gap between the two candidates in Wisconsin’s historic recall election for governor is wide open when comparing support from their respective national parties.
In the weeks leading up to the Tuesday election, incumbent Gov. Scott Walker (R) has received fundraising support from the Republican Governors Association and campaign boosts from the leading stars of his party: GOP Chairman Reince Priebus, US Rep. and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and even supportive words from presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney during recent swings through the state, though Mr. Romney did not campaign for Governor Walker specifically.
In comparison, the party support for Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has been sparse: a single email from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) asking donors to support Mayor Barrett’s campaign, a media statement endorsing Barrett after he won the primary, and a brief appearance by former President Bill Clinton in Milwaukee last week. President Obama has not spoken publicly about the race nor has he stopped in Wisconsin to campaign on Barrett’s behalf.
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