McCallum's Uphill Battle

By: Assocaited Press
By: Assocaited Press

Gov. McCallum's fund-raising abilities and his ads promoting his beliefs should help him in the Nov. 5 election.

Even so, analysts say the Republican governor has an uphill fight in his campaign against Attorney General Jim Doyle to remain in office.

McCallum and Doyle took the day off from campaigning Wednesday to honor the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

But analysts say the silence will not last long as the two engage in what will likely be one of the closest governor's races in Wisconsin in years.

Recent polls have shown McCallum trailing Doyle in head-to-head matchups.

University of Wisconsin-Madison political science professor Charles Jones says McCallum faces a number of difficulties in winning the election.

He's faced with a slow economy and a budget deficit that could reach nearly three billion dollars for the two years that start next July.

Jones says voters tend to take out their frustrations on incumbents in economic tough times.

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