June 5th, 2012
05:01 AM ET
10 years ago

Wisconsin recall comes down to who gets more voters to polls

Madison, Wisconsin (CNN) - In the canon of political cliches, "it all comes down to turnout" is among the most tired.

But in the case of the polarizing and closely watched Wisconsin recall election, the maxim happens to ring true.

Public polling, internal polling and campaign strategists all tell the same story: Republican Gov. Scott Walker is clinging to a tiny lead over his Democratic opponent, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, heading into Tuesday's vote.


Filed under: 2012 • Scott Walker • Tom Barrett • Wisconsin
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Charlie in Maine

    "Wisconsin recall comes down to who gets more voters to polls"

    Doesn't it always?

    June 5, 2012 05:04 am at 5:04 am |
  2. Iamnotfooled

    Good morning Wisconsin! Now get out there and vote for Tom Barrett. Good Luck!!!!!!!

    June 5, 2012 05:17 am at 5:17 am |
  3. scott

    Hang in there Governor Walker the vast majority of this country is with you. It time to send a message to the Unions, they are a thing of the past, no longer needed.

    June 5, 2012 06:12 am at 6:12 am |
  4. Marie MD

    I hope the voters in Wisconsin see through the tea this klan walker is wearing.

    June 5, 2012 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  5. King

    It's amazing how gullible folks.vote.against their own interest. Its time the rich pay a little bit moreto help boast the economy. It didn't make sense how they are taking trillions out of America and putting it in off shore accounts while average Americans are left stranded. Yes its good to have money, but its time to stand up as an individual, but sometime you have yo stand up as a nation.

    June 5, 2012 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  6. GI Joe

    With all the busses the Koch brothers are using to haul people from other states into Wisconsin (just a coincidence – ha hha ha ha ha) how many of those people have been given fake IDs so they can "spoil" the vote.

    It's happened in red states before, and it will happen again. If the republicans can't win, they buy the votes. If they can't buy the votes, they steal the election – 2000 was the most obvious case. Thanks oh red activist supreme court – NOT.

    June 5, 2012 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  7. T'sah from Virginia

    If anything – even if you are slightly on Walker's side – Wisconsin should not let $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ win, Period! Everyone from out of the state should have stayed out of the state and let Wisconsin do their own thing. Now you have the KOCK brothers, et. al., and all hell is breaking loose!!!

    Go Barrett!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    June 5, 2012 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Someone had better keep an eye on that one clerk on SE Wisconsin who "found" votes last year, which turned the tide for Republicans. She seems to have a history of saving elections by finding uncounted votes.

    June 5, 2012 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  9. Ben M

    I hope Scott Walker is kick out.....This will send the message that money does not win....I hope that I'm right about this....

    June 5, 2012 08:10 am at 8:10 am |

    Walker is done.

    June 5, 2012 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  11. WiredweirdinSF

    There are already a lot of reports of ACORN like activities on the absentee ballots traced to the union thugs. They will probably steal this election like they did the one in 2008 and we all know that that theft resulted in this country having the most incompetent, inept, corrupt, union toady president in history. Election thefts are a specialty of the corrupt unions.

    June 5, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  12. ST

    My fellow Dems in Wisconsin, nothing good comes without a fight and working for it in order to obtain it. You took the courage of acquiring more signatures than needed. Some carried boxes full of signatures on their heads. Now it is time to finish the work you initiated. Go one, go all to vote and make a history in Wisconsin politics.

    June 5, 2012 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  13. Al-NY,NY

    Minority areas and "union-leaning" neighborhoods will suddenly be cordoned off due to some trumped up police action.The citizens will be forbidden to leave to go the polling places...the GOP way to supress votes. And there's always that oldie-but-goodie they pulled....tying up phone lines for public transportation assistance to get to the polling places

    June 5, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  14. Pete

    It'll come down to weather and how people feel about getting out in it.If its nice,a large turnout,if its rainey or cold less is expected,that's the norm,older voters are more effected by weather than younger ones also.If people bug or call others to remind them there is a vote and the implications with not voting ,people are more then likely to participate wanting their political anger to be heard at the polls,its a typical reaction...

    June 5, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |