MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- The candidates covered a lot of ground on Friday evening -- from answering questions about the Kenosha casino project, to reducing Milwaukee crime.
FOX6 News asked UWM Political Science Professor, Mordecai Lee to analyze the debate.
He says the candidates appeared more aggressive than they were last week in Eau Claire. But he says there were weak moments on both sides.
Lee says Governor Walker took a hit by dancing around his 250,000 jobs pledge.
"They won't blame us, criticize us, I should say, for aiming big. They want leaders who have big goals," said Walker.
Lee believes Burke's weak moment was not providing a clear answer to creating more employment opportunities in Milwaukee's inner city.
"Give people the business skills and the capital they need to start their own retail businesses there," Burke said.
The debate did give voters a chance to see the candidates interact, and present their vision for Wisconsin.
The latest polls show only 4% remain undecided. Lee believes last night was really about going after the segment of voters who otherwise wouldn't show up to the polls.
"There are a million people in Wisconsin who voted in the presidential election but generally don`t vote in gubernatorial elections - the midterm elections. There are two million who voted in the governor`s election 4 years ago and 3 million who voted for president two years ago. What I think might have been going on last night is the candidates were talking to the million who might vote but usually only vote in a presidential election," said Lee.
Lee says we should expect everything the candidates do between now and November to be about defining the election. He thinks Burke will focus on Walker's failed jobs pledge. And Walker will stress his policies are working, and re-electing him will keep the state moving forward.
There is no stopping the clock now, as it ticks toward November 4th. Both candidates tackled tough topics.
"Whether they were talking about a new Bucks arena, or the casino, or unemployment in the inner city -- every single comment they made was trying to appeal to someone who wasn't already supporting them," said Lee.
A question about drunk driving crashes, shows a clear divide.
"Right now, there are not enough consequences for the first offense," said Burke.
"Those first time offenders, criminalizing isn't the answer. It's going after repeat offenders," Walker said.
Lee says there is a reason for their answers to this question.
"It was a way to show they approach government really differently,"
Lee says both candidates will target the 4% of undecided voters, if either wants to be on the clock as governor. Lee believes there will also be a push to get the estimated 1 million Wisconsin voters who cast their b allot during the last presidential election, but don't plan on voting this November.
He also believes there is a segment of voters who voted for Walker in 2012 because they were against the recall, and now aren't sure which candidate to support.