Walker urges supporters to vote in tight race

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican Gov. Scott Walker is urging his supporters to get out and vote as polls show him deadlocked with Democrat Tony Evers.

Both Walker and Evers were campaigning across the state on Thursday, just five days before the election.

Walker has long said this will be his toughest election yet, and he emphasized that Thursday in an interview with WTMJ-AM. Walker says being the same party as the sitting president in his first midterm election is a hurdle as is running for a third term. Only one other governor, Tommy Thompson, has been elected to a third four-year term in Wisconsin.

Walker says "if the facts are out to voters, we win the election. If the lies are out, we don't."

Evers argues that Walker has failed to lead on education, health care and infrastructure and eight years in office is enough.


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Candidates for governor and U.S. Senate are blanketing Wisconsin as part of a final push to Tuesday's election.

Republican Senate candidate Leah Vukmir was campaigning with House Speaker Paul Ryan and Gov. Scott Walker on a bus tour from Waukesha to Green Bay. Vukmir also had a stop planned with presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway in Appleton.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tony Evers is on his own bus tour through western and northern Wisconsin. Baldwin was campaigning in Marshfield, Mauston and Madison where she planned to cast her ballot.

Evers launched a new campaign ad Thursday emphasizing criticism of Walker from four of his former Cabinet secretaries.

A Marquette University Law School poll on Wednesday showed the governor's race to be a dead heat and Baldwin leading Vukmir by double digits.