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Wisconsin recall eve: Walker has slight lead in new poll

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Polls open tomorrow in the historic Wisconsin recall election – a tight race between Republican Gov. Scott Walker and his Democratic challenger, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

A poll released Monday by Public Policy Polling shows Walker leading Barrett by three points: 50 percent to 47 percent. That's a bit of a drop from a Marquette University poll released last week showing Walker with a seven point lead.

In the small town of River Falls, Barrett supporters were loud and clear when they came together in front of the Dish and Spoon Cafe on the final day of the campaign: They want him to take over.

"Tomorrow is the day," Barrett told the crowd. "Tomorrow is the day when we reclaim Wisconsin, when we bring back our values."

Walker spent the day in Fitchburg, touring a plastic plant and making his final push before the polls open. When asked about the recall vote, he said he's cautiously optimistic.

"If they want to move on, they want to move forward -- we're the candidate," he said. "If they want to go back and rehash the whole debate all over again, then they should vote for our opponent.

Two years ago, Walker beat Barrett by a five percent margin to win the governorship.

Since taking office, Walker's policies have divided the state -- particularly his controversial budget that stripped public unions of many collective bargaining rights.

"Our grandparents fought for unions and rights of workers," said Barrett supporter Judy Talley. "This is the least we can do."

The recall election rhetoric has pit neighbor against neighbor in Wisconsin, with the streets of Hudson transforming into a political battleground dotted with signs of support for both sides of the divide.


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