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Barrett hopes for sweet recall election result

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Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett signs in to vote on Tuesday at his Milwaukee polling place.

By Dustin Hurst | Wisconsin Reporter

MILWAUKEE — Just steps from where Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett cast his vote in today’s recall elections, school officials hawked baked goods to fund a fifth-grade trip to France this summer.

Barrett hopes his election fortunes are as sweet as the sugary goods sold by the French Immersion School volunteers.

The mayor, hoping to oust Republican Gov. Scott Walker in today’s recall contest, cast his vote at the school just before 8 a.m., stopping only momentarily afterward to speak with reporters.

In his brief minutes with the press, Barrett took a bold leap: He guaranteed victory Tuesday night after ballots are counted. Asked what Wednesday’s newspaper headlines would say, the mayor said, “Barrett win. We’re looking forward to that headline.”

See Barrett vote and talk with the press here.

He said the long line at his polling place was encouraging and showed that Wisconsinites are engaged in the political process.

“Around the state, momentum is building and building and building,” Barrett said, adding that he believes his support has swelled in the past 96 hours.

There are hefty differences in the race’s polling data. Barrett told reporters Monday in Portage his data shows the race is essentially a toss-up, but a weekend survey by Public Policy Polling suggests Walker holds a three-point lead over his Democratic challenger.