RNC Co-Chair: Wisconsin Voters Not That Sharp

Sharon Day tries to explain dead heat in governor's race
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2014 2:42 AM CDT
Updated Oct 22, 2014 5:00 AM CDT
Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker shakes hands with Democratic challenger Mary Burke before a televised debate last week.   (AP Photo/Benny Sieu)
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(Newser) – With polls showing the Wisconsin governor's race in a dead heat, Republican National Committee co-chair Sharon Day picked a pretty bad time to imply that some of the state's voters are stupid. While speaking of the need to support GOP incumbent Scott Walker, Day said some voters might not be that sharp, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. "It's not going to be an easy election, it's a close election," she said. "Like I said, much closer than I can even understand why. I don't want to say anything about your Wisconsin voters, but some of them might not be as sharp as a knife."

Day was born in Texas and resides in Florida, while RNC Chair Reince Priebus is a longtime Wisconsin resident, reports the Hill. According to the latest Marquette University poll, Walker is tied at 47% with Democratic challenger Mary Burke. The five-point lead Walker had at the beginning of this month has vanished, and independent voters are starting to lean toward Burke, reports the Washington Post, which notes that the governor is the only likely GOP presidential contender for 2016 who will face a tough test at the polls next month. (As reported earlier this week, the outcome of this year's gubernatorial races could be historic.)

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