Marquette poll shows Romney leading Wisconsin; Walker even with Falk, Barrett
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- As Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett nears a decision on whether to get into the recall race against Republican Gov. Scott Walker, a new poll shows him ahead of Democratic rival Kathleen Falk.
The Marquette Law School poll released Tuesday shows Barrett ahead of Democrat Kathleen Falk 36 percent to 29 percent.
The poll shows Walker is about even with both Barrett and Falk. Walker defeated Barrett in the 2010 election.
Falk got in the recall race in January and last week urged Barrett to not run and back her campaign instead.
Barrett has said he will announce his decision as soon as Friday.
The telephone poll of 370 likely voters in the Democratic primary was conducted Thursday through Sunday. Its margin of error is plus or minus 5.2 percentage points.
Meanwhile, the Republican candidates for president begin paying more attention to Wisconsin, a new poll shows front-runner Mitt Romney slightly ahead of challenger Rick Santorum.
The Marquette Law School poll released Tuesday shows Romney with 39 percent support versus 31 percent for Santorum. The margin of error was 5.4 percent.
Romney has yet to campaign in Wisconsin and isn't slated to be in the state until an event Saturday in Waukesha.
Santorum made a series of stops across the state over the weekend and was back in Wisconsin campaigning on Tuesday a week before the primary.
The telephone poll of 349 likely Republican voters was conducted Thursday through Sunday.
It shows Ron Paul with 11 percent support and Newt Gingrich with 5 percent. Twelve percent were undecided.