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.
Stephanie Cutter, Mr. Obama’s deputy campaign manager, downplayed the party’s involvement, describing the recall to MSNBC as “a gubernatorial race … [that] has nothing to do with President Obama.”
To Barrett supporters, the lack of assistance from the national Democratic Party is glaring and could be to blame if the mayor loses to Walker Tuesday.
“Obama could have been here. Biden? I’m disappointed. They could have done more,” says Bud Balliett while watching election coverage at an American Legion Hall in Kenosha. “However it turns out, we’ll have to live with it.”
Polling released late last week by the Marquette Law School shows Walker leading Barrett 52 to 45 percent among likely voters, however polling released late Sunday by Public Policy Polling in Raleigh, N.C., shows a much tighter race, at 50 to 47 respectively.