Marquette Law poll: Michels catches Kleefisch; Barnes leads Democratic field

With the Aug. 9 primary election fast approaching, the Republican race for governor has become a two-person race between businessman Tim Michels and former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, while current Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes maintains his lead in the Democratic Party race to determine U.S. Senator Ron Johnson’s general election opponent, according to the latest Marquette Law School Poll. 

The poll, conducted June 14–20 among 803 Wisconsin registered voters, indicates that Michels and Kleefisch are running neck and neck, with Michels garnering support from 27% of Republican primary voters and 26% supporting Kleefisch. Kevin Nicholson is supported by 10%, Tim Ramthun is the choice of 3%, Adam Fischer is supported by less than 0.5%, and a substantial 32% of Republican primary voters remain undecided, down from 46% who were undecided in an April Marquette Law School Poll.

The winner will take on Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, in the Nov. 8 general election. Evers is leading all the Republican contenders in head-to-head matchups. He is supported by 47% to Kleefisch’s 43%, and he gets 48% to Michels’ 41%. Against Nicholson, Evers leads 48% to 40%, and the governor holds a 51% to 34% margin over Ramthun.

In the Democratic Party primary race for U.S. Senate, Mandela Barnes receives support of 25% and Alex Lasry is supported by 21% among Democrats (including independents who lean Democratic) and independents who say they will vote in the Democratic primary. Sarah Godlewski is the choice of 9%, and Tom Nelson holds 7%. Seven other candidates received 1% or less support.

Like the Republican gubernatorial race, many Democratic primary voters remain undecided in the Senate race, with 36% saying they don’t know how they will vote. That’s less than the 48% who were undecided in the April survey.