(CNN) - With 12 days to go until the recall election of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, two new polls indicate the Republican governor holds a single digit advantage over his Democratic challenger.
According to a St. Norbert College/Wisconsin Public Radio survey, 50% of people likely to vote in the June 5th recall election say they support Walker, the first term governor, with 45% backing Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the Democratic challenger, and 5% unsure. Barrett won his party's primary earlier this month, setting up a rematch with Walker from the 2010 election that the Republican won by five points.
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A Reason-Rupe poll, also released Thursday morning, indicates that Walker has a 50% to 42% advantage over Barrett, with 6% unsure. The Reason-Rupe Public Opinion Survey was conducted by ORC International, the same polling organization that conducts surveys for CNN. The Reason Foundation is a libertarian think tank that publishes Reason magazine.
Wisconsin voters will cast ballots next month to decide whether to remove Walker from office following last year's bitter battle over his push to limit the collective bargaining rights of state public employee unions.
Tea party groups and other grassroots and fiscal conservative organizations on the right, and labor groups and progressive organizations on the left, as well as Republican and Democratic party committees, are raising and spending big bucks in the recall campaign on TV ads and get out the vote efforts.
The St. Norbert College/Wisconsin Public Radio poll was conducted between May 17 and May 22, with 406 likely voters questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus five percentage points.
The Reason-Rupe poll was conducted between May 14 and May 18, with 609 likely voters questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.