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Match-up for governor set in Wisconsin

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PORTAGE COUNTY (WAOW) - The match up for governor in Wisconsin is set.

"It's a great opportunity to point out the contrasts," said Governor Scott Walker.

"The polls are neck and neck this, is going to be a close race," said Mary Burke, a candidate for governor.

The two candidates spent part of primary election day at Farm Technology Days near Stevens Point.

Governor Walker says his main focus is creating more jobs in Wisconsin. His original goal was 250,000 jobs, which hasn't been reached. But he says he's not worried about numbers.

"The reason we had to aim so high was because of the jobs that were lost under Jim Doyle and Mary Burke's policies of the past,” said Walker. “I think if people look at it logically they'd say why would we want to go back to losing jobs when we're gaining them now."

Burke says not so fast.

"Our economy is dead last in the Midwest,” said Burke. “So ten Midwestern states and we're tenth in job creation under Scott Walker. I know we can do better than that but we need the leadership that brings people together."

Walker participated in the opening ceremonies for the farm show. Burke says her great-grandparents were farmers and she says agriculture is in her blood.

Both candidates says they are happy with the campaign so far.

"To me the only poll that matters is the one taken on November 4th,” said Walker. “I think as voters get closer they're going to see the clear contrast."

"I’m focused on November 4th and making sure the people of Wisconsin get to know me and the type of governor I’ll be," said Burke.

 No debates are scheduled, but Walker said during a stop in Rhinelander Monday that he would be open to two to three debates.

The most recent Marquette University Law School poll in late July showed the race for governor was too close to call heading into the fall campaign.
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