La Crosse, Wis. — Wisconsin voters will decide next week whether Republican Gov. Scott Walker will remain in office. Two recent polls show the governor has a slight advantage over Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, in a race being watched nationally.
Like much of the state, southwestern Wisconsin is divided. In 2010, Walker defeated Barrett by just 115 votes in La Crosse County. Yet it’s also a county where Democrat President Barack Obama defeated Republican John McCain in 2008 handily — 61 percent to 37.5 percent.