Marquette Poll: Wisconsin Governor, U.S. Senate races both tossups

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WKBT) — Races for Wisconsin Governor and for U.S. Senate are in a statistical dead heat, according to a newly released Marquette Law School Poll Wednesday.

In the race for the U.S. Senate, among likely voters, incumbent Republican Senator Ron Johnson holds just a two-point lead (50% to 48%) over Democratic challenger and current Lt. Governor, Mandela Barnes. Johnson’s lead decreased from six points over Barnes in October’s poll numbers. Independent voters still prefer Johnson over Barnes, 53% to 46%.

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The Governor’s race between incumbent Democrat Tony Evers and challenger Tim Michels is tied among likely voters at 48% to 48%. A third, independent candidate — Joan Beglinger — polled at 2%, however Beglinger dropped out of the race on September 6.

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