UPDATE: First Lady Michelle Obama tells young people to get the vote out for Mary Burke
MADISON (WKOW) -- First Lady Michelle Obama came to Wisconsin for the second time in eight days Tuesday to relay one simple message: if women, minorities and young people turn out to vote in large numbers on November 4th, Mary Burke (D) will defeat Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin).
And with her recent poll numbers sagging it's clear Burke is leaning heavily on Mrs. Obama's popularity these days, something the First Lady herself even recognizes.
"I was just in Wisconsin last week, so, I'm sorry if you're getting sick of me but I'm back," Mrs. Obama joked to an estimated crowd of 1,250 people in the Capitol Theater, which is located inside the Overture Center for the Arts.
But Michelle Obama then explained her specific reasons for the second visit.
"I wanted to come here to Madison to talk a little more with a lot of you, particularly our young people," said Mrs. Obama.
With UW-Madison, the city has an abundance of young voters. That is the same demographic that got Michelle Obama's husband elected President in 2008 and reelected in 2012.
"We can do this. If women and minorities and young people show up Mary wins," Mrs. Obama told the crowd.
"It's definitely true," said UW Sophomore Savion Castro. "Just look at the voting patterns of at least the last three elections, when more people vote, they tend to vote Democratic."
Castro isn't just another young person who decided to show up and to see the First Lady speak on Tuesday. The LaFollette High graduate is a Burke campaign volunteer who met the Mrs. Obama in Milwaukee last week. He got a shout out from her at this event, as Mrs. Obama described how he grew up homeless, after his mother suffered a workplace injury.
"But the summer after 5th grade, Savion was selected by a special program that put him on track to go to college," Mrs. Obama told the crowd.
"It's very inspirational and I definitely look up to her husband and her family overall," said Castro.
Mary Burke hopes not just Castro, but every young person in attendance got inspired enough by Michelle Obama to bring their friends to the polls on election day.
"A candidate is only as strong as the people who are standing right there with them. And everywhere I travel around this state, I get more and more excited about winning on November 4th," said Burke.
Recent polls show the Burke campaign needs to boost voter turnout to win. The latest Marquette Law School Poll has her essentially tied with Gov. Walker among registered voters, but trailing by five points among voters most likely to get to the polls.
MADISON (WKOW) -- First Lady Michelle Obama returns to Wisconsin Tuesday. It'll be her second trip in little more than a week to rally support for Democratic candidate for governor Mary Burke.
Mrs. Obama campaigned for Burke in Milwaukee last week. During that speech, she noted that Governor Scott Walker won the 2010 election by 62,000 votes and said that was just ten votes for each ward. "And I know that every single one of you in this room knows ten people that you can get to the polls," she told the crowd that day.
The First Lady is scheduled to be at the Overture Center Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the latest Marquette University Law School poll shows a tight race, with Governor Scott Walker leading Burke 50% to 45% among likely voters. The margin of error was 4.1% in that poll.
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