Voters are turning out in record numbers for Wisconsin’s recall election; polls close at 9 pm ET, and if the massive numbers work in Tom Barrett’s favor there could be a large upset in the works.
Here’s another thread to keep up on the news as results begin to come in.
Sadly for Tom Barrett, the news organizations are now beginning to call the election for Scott Walker.
Voters in Wisconsin are deciding today whether to kick far right Gov. Scott Walker out of office. Walker is only the third governor in US history to face a recall election.
Here’s a thread to keep up on news from the election, where reports are coming in that robo-calls are lying to voters, telling them that anyone who signed the recall petition doesn’t have to vote.
The latest poll from PPP suggests that the Wisconsin recall is going to be a photo finish: Walker Leads by 3 Points.
PPP’s final poll on the Wisconsin recall finds Scott Walker ahead, but also a race that’s tightening. Walker leads Tom Barrett 50-47. That’s down from 50-45 on a PPP poll conducted three weeks ago and it’s also down from a 52-45 lead that Walker posted in a Marquette Law poll released last week.
Barrett is actually winning independent voters by a 48-46 margin. The reason he continues to trail overall is that Republicans are more excited about voting in Tuesday’s election than Democrats are. Our projected electorate voted for Barack Obama by only 7 points, even though he took the state by 14 in 2008. If the folks who turn out on Tuesday actually matched the 2008 electorate, Barrett would be ahead of Walker by a 50-49 margin. It’s cliche but this is a race that really is going to completely come down to turnout.
Machiavelli - at least as he might popularly be misconceived - must be grinning in his grave…
The Wisconsin Republican Party backed six “fake democrat” candidates in yesterday’s primary election: Gladys Huber, Isaac Weix, Gary Ellerman, Tamra Lyn Varebrook, James Engel and James Buckley. None won, but, with the exception of Gladys Huber in the governor’s race, they each received a significant number of votes: their percentages ranged from 26-36%. Perhaps most disturbingly, Isaac Weix received 26% of the vote for Lieutenant Governor - that’s 197,052 apparently Republican votes in a statewide Democratic primary! Almost as notable was Jim Buckley’s taking 36% of the vote against Donna Seidel in State Senate District 29; Buckley is the guy from outside the district who seriously insisted that he was running to prevent Donna Seidel and George Soros from forming a Nazi-Communist world government (really, I’m not exaggerating).
You can find all of the election results here.
By the way, in my last post I quoted from Adam Rodewald’s investigative story in Monday’s Oshkosh Northwestern, and promised a link to it. Here it is. In a strange twist of policy for such a front-page headline story, the powers that be at the Northwestern immediately buried the story in the newspaper’s archive, rather than follow the paper’s usual practice of electronically re-publishing it on its main web site. I emailed Rodewald about not finding the story in the usual online location, and he seemed surprised; in his reply, he wrote-
“I’m not sure what happened to that story. I can’t find it either. I am looking into it and will let you know if and when the link is restored.”
I haven’t heard anything more from him, but if I do, I’ll update this post. As it stands, it’s hard to resist inferring that the paper’s departure from its usual practice was the result of political influence. But… resist… I… must…!
Here’s a thread to keep up with the latest news from the Wisconsin recall elections, where the polls closed at 9 pm ET. Democrats need to win 5 of the 8 elections to regain control…
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