Wisconsin holds recall targeting Gov. Scott Walker

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Associated Press

Posted on June 5, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 5 at 11:02 AM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin election officials predict turnout could be as a high as 65 percent for today's recall election.

Voters are deciding whether to oust Republican Gov. Scott Walker and replace him with Milwaukee's Democratic Mayor Tom Barrett. Democrats and labor activists gathered more than 900,000 signatures in support of the recall after they failed to stop Walker and his GOP allies in the state legislature from stripping most public employees of their right to collectively bargain.

Walker has argued that the move was needed to balance the state's budget.

One student waiting in line to vote in Madison say it's clear to him that Walker's policies have worked and he doesn't like recalls "as a piece of political action." But another Madison voter says "there's a good reason" for a recall in Walker's case.

Walker is only the third governor in U.S. history to face a recall vote. If he wins today, he'll be the first to successfully fend it off.

Walker isn't the only politician up for recall today. His lieutenant governor and three Republican state senators also face recall votes.

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015-c-11-(Kasie Hunt, AP correspondent)-"that lead is"-AP correspondent Kasie Hunt reports a win by Republican Governor Scott Walker in the recall election could signal a problem for President Barack Obama's re-election effort. (5 Jun 2012)

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014-c-11-(Kasie Hunt, AP correspondent)-"lose in Wisconsin"-AP correspondent Kasie Hunt reports Democrats are worried that Republican Governor Scott Walker could win the recall election over Democrat Tom Barrett. (5 Jun 2012)

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043-a-15-(Governor Scott Walker, R-Wis., in AP interview)-"up 28 percent"-Governor Scott Walker compares his economic record to that of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. (5 Jun 2012)

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041-a-05-(Mayor Tom Barrett, D-Milwaukee, candidate for governor, in AP interview)-"it will be"-Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett hopes for a strong voter turnout. (5 Jun 2012)

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GRAPHICSBANK: Scott Walker headshot, as WISCONSIN Governor, on map texture, lettering RECALL, finished graphic (5 Jun 2012)

APPHOTO WIJP116: Voting ballots are stacked and ready as voters wait in line to cast their ballot Tuesday, June 5, 2012, in Milwaukee. Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker is taking on Democratic challenger Tom Barrett in a recall election. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps) (5 Jun 2012)

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APPHOTO WIJP115: Voters cast their ballots Tuesday, June 5, 2012, in Milwaukee. Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker is taking on Democratic challenger Tom Barrett in a recall election. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps) (5 Jun 2012)

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APPHOTO WIJP102: Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett casts his ballot Tuesday, June 5, 2012, in Milwaukee. Barrett is facing Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in a recall election. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps) (5 Jun 2012)

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APPHOTO RPSB101: Voters line up at a polling place Tuesday, June 5, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker faces Democratic challenger Tom Barrett in a special recall election. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer) (5 Jun 2012)

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APPHOTO WIMG105: Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker casts his ballot Tuesday, June 5, 2012, in Wauwatosa, Wis. Walker faces Democratic challenger Tom Barrett in a special recall election. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) (5 Jun 2012)

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