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Wisconsin Republicans Snag MaryBurke.com

10:42 AM, Jun 18, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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Madison school board member Mary Burke is the Democratic challenger to Wisconsin governor Scott Walker. But Democrats should hope interested voters don't head to MaryBurke.com. Wisconsin Republicans snagged the web address before Burke could and have created a near-mirror image of Burke's real campaign site, burkeforwisconsin.com.

Here's a screenshot of the real site, which features an outline of Wisconsin and the words "Mary Burke, governor" in the logo:

And the Republicans' parody site, which replaces the state with a dollar sign and "governor" with "outsourcer":

MaryBurke.com features plenty of anti-Burke material. A link asking readers to "read my jobs plan" shows a flyer with attacks and criticisms of Burke's time as the state's secretary of commerce. And the prominent "DONATE" button on the top right-hand side links to a Wisconsin GOP donation page.

Polls show Walker, who was first elected in 2010 and faced an unsuccessful recall election in 2012, is in a tough battle to win reelection this fall. The Real Clear Politics average gives Walker just a two-point lead over Burke.

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