Gov. Walker stops in Eau Claire as general election campaigning begins

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Newly nominated gubernatorial democrat, Tony Evers spent the day campaigning, while Governor Scott Walker did the same, making a stop in the Chippewa Valley Wednesday morning.

Candidates in one of the biggest races have now been narrowed down to just two. With the general election less than three months away, Governor Walker says he expects this to be a tough campaign. Primary election day may be over but for the winning candidates, but campaigning has just begun. Both Tony Evers and Governor Scott Walker wasting no time Wednesday hopping back on the campaign trail.

During a stop in Eau Claire, Governor Walker, joined by Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, announcing a series of proposals for tax credits he says will benefit seniors, families, and college grads. "Connect students to careers, things like moving up apprenticeships to 7th and 8th grade students,” said Walker. He says he’s focused on keeping graduates in Wisconsin by helping with student loan debt for student graduates who choose to stay and work in the state. He also has plans to help Wisconsin seniors. “Make sure our seniors or retirees can afford to stay in their homes and hopefully in turn kind of mentor and encourage those entering the work force,” he said. Walker also announced a plan to provide a tax credit to families for the cost of child care.

His opponent Tony Evers responding from Madison. “He's had all sorts of promises that he hasn’t kept for the last eight years. He's spent most of his time breaking those promises so whatever he's proposing right now pails as comparison to the destruction he's done for the people of Wisconsin thus far," said Evers.

Joined by democratic Lieutenant Governor Nominee Mandela Barnes, Evers says he's focused on solving Wisconsin's transportation funding shortfall, including toll roads and raising the gas tax. "We are all about the really important issues that people care about, its education, its transportation, its health care, all the things that frankly we are going to own as a team," said Evers.

As Walker campaigns for a third term, he says this could be his toughest election yet. "We think it’s going to be an incredibly tight race and I would expect in the first poll likely to come out in the next couple of weeks from Marquette Law School that we are likely to be behind in the poll just because any primary winner gets a bump," said Walker.

Both candidates say Western Wisconsin is key area for this race. Voters can expect both Walker and Evers to make several stops in the area as they prepare for the November election.

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