Burke says primary win will not change her campaign

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Former Trek Bicycles executive Mary Burke says nothing will change in her campaign for governor even though she is now officially the Democratic Party's nominee.

Burke easily defeated state Rep. Brett Hulsey in the Democratic primary Tuesday.

Burke now will officially face Republican Gov. Scott Walker in the Nov. 4 general election.

Burke tells The Associated Press in a phone interview from Rhinelander where she is campaigning that her game plan remains the same. She says she's making sure the people get to know her and what her plans will be as governor.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, says that Walker has been a "transformative leader for Wisconsin and the state is better for it."

Christie is expected to campaign in Wisconsin soon.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Former Trek Bicycles executive Mary Burke has easily defeated state Rep. Brett Hulsey in the Democratic primary for governor.

With Tuesday's win, Burke advances to face Republican Gov. Scott Walker in the Nov. 4 general election.

Hulsey was never a serious threat to Burke, raising next-to-no money for the race, hiring no staff and largely being shunned by Democratic Party leaders.

Democrats had hoped that Burke's entry into the race in October would clear the field, but Hulsey surprised them by announcing his candidacy in April instead of seeking a third term in the Assembly.

Burke had all but ignored Hulsey throughout the campaign, including refusing to debate.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democratic voters are showing support for Mary Burke in the governor's race primary where she faces only nominal opposition from state Rep. Brett Hulsey.

Jeff Schultz, of Racine, said he voted Tuesday for Burke over Hulsey, calling him a "nonfactor."

Schultz says he likes Burke's experience as a Madison school board member and former Trek Bicycles executive.

Gilbert Walker of Madison says he favors Burke over Hulsey because he believes she has a better chance at defeating Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

Voter Connie Laska of Madison is a Walker backer. He says the Nov. 4 general election will be "close."

The past two Marquette University Law School polls released in May and July showed the race between Walker and Burke to be a dead heat.


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