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Recall Roundup: Bring on the rematch in Wisconsin

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By Wisconsin Reporter

It’s official. Walker vs. Barrett 2, live on June 5 from the land of recall.

It's a rematch of November 2010, when Gov. Scott Walker beat Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in the gubernatorial election by 124,638 votes, or 5.8 percentage points.

The stage is set for the sequel.

By Wisconsin Reporter

It’s official. Walker vs. Barrett 2, live on June 5 from the land of recall.

It's a rematch of November 2010, when Gov. Scott Walker beat Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in the gubernatorial election by 124,638 votes, or 5.8 percentage points.

The stage is set for the sequel.

The contestants came to terms Wednesday, agreeing to debate twice.

Barrett won Tuesday night’s Democratic primary, 58-34, over union-backed former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk. To put that in perspective, some protest or fake candidates fared better than Falk based on percent of the vote.

Polls indicated Falk would lose by a sizable amount, but perhaps most galling is her loss in Dane County — her home and the heart of Wisconsin’s public sector unions — by 31 points.

Walker received more votes in the primary than Barrett and Falk combined, results that surprised even the governor, who told The Associated Press, "We went out and were campaigning, but we didn't have an organized, sustained get-out-the-vote effort for this. Obviously, we do for June 5."

Falk, however, didn’t take the worst beating on primary night. Chippewa Falls resident Amanda Radle struck her husband, Jeffrey Radle, with her Dodge Durango as he tried to prevent her from driving to the polls. Jeffrey Radle was hospitalized with head, neck and back injuries. Amanda Radle reportedly wanted to cast her ballot for a Democrat.
 
A recent Marquette Law school poll found that 29 percent of those surveyed had stopped talking to someone because of recall politics. The poll didn't note the number of residents struck by vehicles over recall talk, however.

Speaking of vehicular violence, Barrett, adding ammunition to his “civil war” rhetoric, said he was ready for “30-second drive-by shootings” in the form of negative campaign ads from Walker and outside spending groups. Walker’s latest ad, however, sets a gentler tone; touting increased Medicaid funding under his administration. 

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