Wisconsin to Vote on whether to Recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker

Wisconsin voters go to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker — a contest that will make a statement about union power.

Walker’s reforms of the state led to massive protests. Photo: Bob Segal/Flickr

Walker’s reforms caused social disapproval and led to massive protests and a petition of 900,000 signatures that put him back on the ballot against his 2010 Democratic opponent, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, reports The New York Daily News.

Citing a need to improve the state’s finances, Gov. Walker stripped the unions of many collective-bargaining rights and a system of compulsory union dues for public workers — a financial lifeblood for organized labor.

Soon after that, his opponents, who present the interests of the unions, have charged the governor with balancing the budget on the backs of middle- and working-class voters.

“Scott Walker wants to make this a national race because he wants to be on the national stage as the rock star of the far right, as the poster boy of the Tea Party,” Barrett said on CNN Sunday.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees knocked on 257,000 doors this weekend alone.

On Wednesday Walker unleashed a brutal attack ad against Barrett, claiming that the Milwaukee mayor did nothing while a 2-year-old was almost beaten to death.

“This 2-year-old spent six days in intensive care after being severely beaten, but Tom Barrett’s police department didn’t consider it a violent crime,” the ad stated.

“Tom Barrett claims violent crime is down 15.5 percent, but the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel found that hundreds of beatings, stabbings and child abuse cases were never even counted. Violent crime in Milwaukee is up, and Tom Barrett isn’t telling the truth.”

A new PPP’s automated, recorded-voice survey, examined the opinions of 1,226 likely voters over the weekend, puts Walker at 50 percent support, 3 percentage points ahead of Barrett’s 47 percent.

According to the results, Walker leads Tom Barrett 50-47. The last  a PPP poll conducted three weeks ago showed 50-45. The new data is also down from a 52-45 lead that Walker posted in a Marquette Law poll released last week.

Poll showed that Walker has a 51/47 approval rating. He’s up with men (55-42), whites (52-46), seniors (58-39), and especially voters in the Milwaukee suburbs (70/29).

As for Barrett, he has a 46/46 favorability rating, improved from 43/46 on our first poll after the primary. He’s mostly supported by women (52/46), minorities (58-36), young voters (53-39), those in Milwaukee County (61-35), and ones in greater Madison (59-37).

As it was learned, during a tele-town hall in March, Mitt Romney hopeful voiced support for the embattled governor:

“Gov. Walker is, in my opinion, an excellent governor and I believe that he is right to stand up for the citizens of Wisconsin and to insist that those people who are working in the public sector unions have rights to affect their wages,” Romney said.

He added that “that these benefits and retiree benefits have fallen out of line with the capacity of the state to pay them”So I support the governor in his effort to rein in the excesses that have permeated the public sector union and government negotiations over the years.”

As The Washington Post claims, this is the third recall election of a governor in U.S. history. The previous two were quite successful in throwing the incumbent out of office — against California Gov. Gray Davis in 2003 and North Dakota Gov. Lynn Frazier in 1921.

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