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Wisconsin voters face recall


ONALASKA, Minn. (KTTC)-- It was predicted that nearly 65 percent of Wisconsin voters would be at the polls Tuesday. This is a higher turnout than when Walker was voted in office in 2010.

Barrett supporter, Kevin Vilim says, "Everyone's had their opinion this year and I think today is the day people can stop talking about it and the ads can stop and people can just come here and voice their opinion through their vote."

The recall election is a bitter battle pitting controversial first-term Governor, Scott Walker against Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

Governor Walker is only the third governor in U.S. history to face a recall vote. If Walker does stay in office, he'll be the first governor in history to survive a recall.

More than $60 million has gone toward this recall race.

Voting booths at the National Guard Armory in Onalaska were just one of the many crowded places throughout this narrowly divided state.

The Governors decision to cut collective bargaining rights for most public workers set off the a stream of democrats and labor activists who gathered more than 900,000 signatures in support of having him recalled.

It's been a fight for republicans as well. Can they push through spending cuts and confront organized labor?

Walker supporter, Barry Blomquist says, "I was a business man all my life. I didn't have the guarantees of somebody bargaining for me so obviously I'm not terribly sympathetic."

People from both parties say this recall election may just set the mood for the November presidential election and it's certainly leaving these folks divided.

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