Will Wisconsin Voters Send A Message to the Nation?Jun-05-2012
Wisconsin voters, hammered hard by months of volatile campaigning as the state's union-backed Democrats push to recall-and-replace Republican Gov. Scott Walker, have only one more day to endure, but sides are pumping up the volume -- and spending -- for a critical get-out-the-vote effort.
Both parties, unions, political actions committees and other groups have pumped an estimated $70 million into the race, as the campaigns continue to woo voters into Tuesday.
The Republican Governors Association has sent $1.5 million alone on get-out-the-vote efforts, which includes 16 different mail drops to more than 3.3 million voters, according to Politico.
The effort to recall Walker began shortly after he was elected in 2010 and began cutting the state's huge budget shortfall by holding down taxes and removing collective-bargaining rights for unions representing state employees.
Democrats and unions argued that Walker had gone too far, then helped organize massive statehouse protests and gather 900,000 signatures for the recall vote that again pits the governor against 2010 Democratic opponent Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.
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