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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – Gov. Scott Walker touts the positives of his first term as he kicks off his bid for a second one.

The governor toured the state Tuesday with Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch to launch his re-election campaign.

Among his stops, the Kwik Trip Distribution Center in La Crosse. There he highlighted creating 100,000 new jobs and boosting 16,000 new businesses.

"In the last year alone we've invested more than $100 million into the education that's needed to prepare people for the positions that are in high demand all across the state,” Walker said. “The best part about that is that it can accomplish our goal of ensuring that everyone who wants a job can find a job.”

Walker vowed to create 250,000 jobs by the end of his first term. He has not reached that goal, yet.

But job growth will be a campaign platform for the incumbent.

UW-L Assistant Professor of Political Science Tim Dale said jobs have the most direct impact on voters.

"People are thinking about the bottom line, their pocket book, their saving account and their employment,” Dale said.

A new St. Norbert College Poll shows 32 percent of voters see the most important problem facing Wisconsin is the economy and jobs. A far second is government dissatisfaction.

Mary Burke, a former Trek Bicycle Corp. executive and state commerce secretary has a different take on those job numbers. That's why she's challenging Walker as a Democrat, with a goal to make Wisconsin a Top 10 economy.

"It takes a complete state realignment that our education system realigns with how industry and businesses has realigned,” Burke said.

Tuesday's announcement kicked off more than a half-year of campaigning before people cast their ballot Nov. 4.

It's Walker's third election in four years. He's is the first governor in U.S. history to defeat a recall.
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