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Wisconsin recall: Quick primer on Scott Walker/Tom Barrett battle

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Graphic by Craig Gilbert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Wisconsin voters right now are deciding whether to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker or hand the office to Democrat Tom Barrett, the mayor of Milwaukee. Sun-Times political writer Abdon M. Pallasch is in Wisconsin and will be filing the news story tonight; Washington Bureau Chief Lynn Sweet will work on the analysis. We know this already: Organized labor has a lot on the line tonight. And the recall has attracted millions of dollars of cash from outside groups.

The recall is historic, as Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Craig Gilbert writes: "Tuesday's election is the culmination in Wisconsin of a spectacular activist eruption featuring the largest protests since Vietnam, one of the biggest petition drives in election history, and a recall movement without any precedent in American politics.

"The official turnout forecast for Tuesday is 60 to 65 percent of the state's voting-age adults, which in the context of recent decades is a more or less insane figure. Dating back to 1950, average turnout in a mid-term election for governor is 47% and the highest was 52.4% in 1962...

Click HERE for Gilbert's extensive polling data and analysis about the Wisconsin voter.

Link to the Journal Sentinel Wisconsin governor recall coverage is HERE.

The recall is breaking records for outside cash, according to the Center for Public Integrity, read analysis HERE.

Pallasch reports on the big Illinois donors contributing to the recall contests HERE.

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