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Dems Barca, Larson sidestep question on run against Gov. Walker


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Both Democratic leaders in the state Legislature are not saying whether they would run against Governor Scott Walker a year from now.

Assembly minority leader Peter Barca and his Senate counterpart Chris Larson both side-stepped the question during a conference call Thursday.

It came up while Barca and Larson were criticizing the Republican governor’s economic policies, and the numbers of jobs added since Walker was elected in 2010.

Barca was one of five Democratic possibilities examined in a recent survey by the Public Policy Polling firm. He trailed Walker by 5 points in a head-to-head survey of 1,800 likely voters. Barca said he’s focusing on improvements in the proposed state budget.

Larson – who was not included in the Public Policy poll – said he wants to find ways for both parties to work together on the budget process.

Barca said he was confident that Democrats would field a strong candidate against Walker in 2014.

The Public Policy poll said that only former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold attracted as much support as Walker – and they ran even in a head-to-head poll.