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Emily's List endorses Mary Burke for governor

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Democrat Mary Burke has received a second major endorsement in her bid to defeat Governor Scott Walker in just over a year from now. 

Emily's List announced its support Thursday in a fundraising appeal to Burke's supporters. The group tries to elect Democratic women who favor abortion rights. 

It's an important endorsement, because of the potential campaign money it carries. 

Last year, Emily's List spent $5 million to help Tammy Baldwin get elected to the U.S. Senate. 

Earlier this week, the Progressives United group headed by former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold also endorsed Burke -- deciding not to wait for a primary next August to help round up the financial and other support needed to defeat the well-funded Republican Walker. 

Burke, a former state commerce secretary and Trek Bicycle executive, is the fourth gubernatorial candidate for next year to get the support of Emily's List. 

The president of that group, Stephanie Schriock, said Burke has, "been quietly changing the world for the better for years, by breaking barriers herself and by making opportunities for others to get ahead." 

Republicans portray the endorsements as special interests lining up to support a millionaire. 

State GOP director Joe Fadness said grassroots Democrats are still, "divided on her campaign to take Wisconsin backward."

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