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Mary Burke campaigns on primary election night in northern Wisconsin

RHINELANDER, WI (WTAQ) - As voters were nominating her for governor, Mary Burke was in the Northwoods spelling out an agenda for northern Wisconsin.

She spent Tuesday night in Rhinelander, where she vowed not to change her campaign strategy after getting 83 percent of Tuesday's Democratic primary vote over long shot candidate Brett Hulsey.

The latest Marquette poll shows Burke in a dead heat with Republican Governor Scott Walker -- who was in central Wisconsin Tuesday, kicking off the state's Farm Technology Days near Plover.

Walker talked about the economic impact of agriculture, and how it's a way of life instead of just a job.  

At Rhinelander, Burke sounded an alarm about people leaving northern Wisconsin. She said it's vital to keep more young folks in rural areas.

The former state commerce secretary and Trek Bicycle executive said its hard to support an aging population when the numbers of jobs fall. She noted a 5 percent drop in total jobs in northern Wisconsin from 2000 through 2012.

Burke also cited a need to reform education -- specifically the state aid formula which Burke says is hurting most rural schools, due to declining enrollments and the impact of vacation homes which make a school district appear wealthy on the surface.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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