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Walker begins ‘closing arguments' with new ad

Posted: 10:33 AM, Oct 29, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-29 15:33:35Z
Walker begins ‘closing arguments' with new ad

The Latest on the race between Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Tony Evers:

10 a.m.

Gov. Scott Walker is beginning what his campaign is calling closing arguments for re-election with a new television ad touting Wisconsin’s economy.

The spot is a montage of Walker touring manufacturing plants, chatting with people wearing hard hats, talking with students and visiting with senior citizens.

Walker narrates, saying more people are working in Wisconsin than ever before, which means more opportunities for graduates to stay in the state. He says the strong economy has enabled him to lower taxes and increase funding for schools, worker training, infrastructure and health care.

The ad doesn’t mention Walker’s opponent, Democrat Tony Evers.

Walker’s campaign spokesman, Austin Altenburg, says the ad begins running statewide Monday. He says the spot is the beginning of Walker’s “closing arguments” with eight days until Election Day.

He declined to say how much the campaign is spending on the ad.

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8:30 a.m.

Democratic candidate for governor Tony Evers says he raised $6 million over the past seven weeks.

Evers reported the fundraising totals on Monday as he prepared to join with Democratic college students to urge early voting ahead of next week’s election.

Evers faces Republican Gov. Scott Walker in the Nov. 6 election, just eight days away.

Polls show Evers and Walker to be in a tight race. Former Vice President Joe Biden was coming to the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus and a Milwaukee union hall on Tuesday for early voting rallies. His visit comes after former President Barack Obama was in Milwaukee on Friday.

In Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate race, Republican Leah Vukmir and Democratic incumbent Sen. Tammy Baldwin have also been encouraging supporters to vote early.