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Mary Burke campaigns in central Wisconsin

Democratic candidate for Governor Mary Burke is spending a lot of time in central Wisconsin.

Thursday was the third day in a row she was in the area. Political experts say there is a clear strategy behind the schedule.

On a campaign stop in Marathon County Thursday, Gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke said she's feeling great coming off Tuesday's primary victory over Brett Hulsey.

"It was obviously one step forward but I'm focused on November 4th and making sure in the meantime, the people of Wisconsin get to know me, get to know the type of governor I would be and my plans to make sure Wisconsin's economy is a leader, not a lagger," said Burke.

Burke is setting out to get to know the people in central Wisconsin. She was at Farm Tech Days Tuesday, in the Northwoods Wednesday, and in Wausau Thursday.

"Because it's an area that's been very hard hit the last three years and has not created the jobs that need to be created to get back to where our economy was," said Burke. "So I want to hear from folks here about their ideas about how we can do that but also understand the challenges."

Political experts say another reason Burke is spending so much time in our area is to make sure her supporters head to the polls.

"A big thing will be to get out your vote because this is a midterm election essentially. I mean it's not midterm for governor but it's not a presidential election so the vote turnout will be less so it's important for each of the candidate to get out the vote," said Ed Miller, UW-Stevens Point political science professor.

But experts don't expect Burke to hang around closer to election time.

"It's also early so she'll probably spend more time later in some other areas that are more populated than northern Wisconsin," said Miller.

A Marquette University Law School poll in late July showed the race for governor is too close to call heading into the fall campaign.

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