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Daily Recall Election Roundup: May 8

Here are the latest updates from the campaign trail in the upcoming recall elections.

Tuesday is primary election day in Wisconsin's recall races and Patch will provide regular updates here throughout the day.

Starting at about 6 p.m., Patch will provide live, continuous coverge on the primary until the race is called.

10:35 a.m.: Walker blasts Barrett on talk show

The votes haven't been counted yet in the gubernatorial primary election, but that didn't stop Gov. Scott Walker from going on the offensive against Democrat Tom Barrett Tuesday morning.

Speaking on the Charlie Sykes show on Newsradio 620 TMJ, Walker made a direct push against the candidate he expects to face in the general election on June 5.

"Simply look at the difference between the City of Milwaukee and the State of Wisconsin," Walker told Sykes. "We're moving forward. Do people really want to go backwards like we've seen in that city?  I don't think so."

10:15 a.m.: Barrett feeling 'very optmistic' about election

After casting his ballot at the French Immersion School Tuesday morning, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says he's "very, very optmistic" about his chances in the Democratic gubernatorial primary and the June election against Gov. Scott Walker, Today's TMJ4 is reporting.

"We feel very optimistic," said Barrett, after he voted just after 7 a.m. 

"I understand the historic nature of this election.  This is basically a referendum on Scott Walker."

9:25 a.m.: What candidates are doing today

Here's the schedule for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett today:

  • 7:15 a.m. -- Voting at French Immersion School 2360 N. 52nd St., Milwaukee
  • 10:30 a.m. -- Meet with voters in Madison Library Mall in Madison
  • 8:01 p.m. -- Primary night event at the Hyatt Regency, 333 W. Kilbourn Ave.

Here's the schedule for Democrat Kathleen Falk:

  • 10 a.m. -- Voting at Wil-Mar Center 935 Jenifer St. Madison
  • 11:20 a.m. -- Meet and greeet at MATC Table, 3550 Anderson St., Madison
  • 12:45 p.m. -- Library Mall and campus visit at the UW-Madison Library Mall Madison
  • 4:30 p.m. -- Visit Capitol Square in Madison
  • 4:45 p.m. -- Visit Willy Street Co-Op, 1221 Williamson St. Madison.
morninmist May 08, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Walker is going down down down... John Nichols: The template takes shape for people-power vs. money-power politics http://host.madison.com/ct/news/opinion/column/john_nichols/john-nichols-the-template-takes-shape-for-people-power-vs/article_cbadb1a4-987d-11e1-8f07-001a4bcf887a.html .......What did $21 million in spending by the governor and millions more by his allies get Walker? According to the new Marquette University Law School Poll (which usually skews a bit conservative), Walker's approval ratings have ticked steadily downward as he recall has developed: -- In January, he was at 51 percent -- In March, he was at 50 percent. -- In May, he was at 47 percent. The Marquette polling also suggests a clear trend toward the Democrats -- particularly Tom Barrett -- who now leads the governor by a narrow 47-46 margin among registered voters. How can this be happening? How does a 20-1 advantage in television advertising not translate to complete political dominance? The answer lies in the movement that took shape in February and March of 2011 to counter Walker's austerity agenda. That movement has caused more Wisconsinites to be more engaged with the politics of the state than at any time in modern history. They have marched, they have rallied, they have petitioned, they have knocked on doors, they have put up "Recall Walker" signs across the state -- many of them hand-painted -- and they are not tired. ...
AudiFan May 08, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Southeast Wisconsin WTMJ-AM, WISM-AM listeners will help Scott Walker to victory once again. We can't be stopped!
Steve ® May 08, 2012 at 04:46 PM
This is what socialism looks like when it meets a reality check
Brian Carlson May 08, 2012 at 06:06 PM
When Walker blasts Barrett about Milwaukee, why isnt he asked if, as Governor of the State, he takes some responsibility for the major population centers himself? Isnt Milwaukee IN Wisconsin?
Robert Merlin May 08, 2012 at 06:27 PM
not to mention how he left Milwaukee as head of the county! The county is slowly rebounding from his mess!
Greg May 08, 2012 at 06:30 PM
To continue your line of thinking, isn't Wisconsin in the U.S.A.? Then the Milwaukee and Wisconsin problems are Obama's responsibility. RECALL OBAMA
Brett bushman May 08, 2012 at 11:31 PM
They called in sick to work and shut down schools because of a small pay cut that the other 80 percent of the state had to swallow 4 years ago. How come the unions that started this recall won't even have a candidate for governer in the general election? Because no one feels sorry for those overpaid union types that think they can run the state. People are sick and tired of the fiscal irresponsibility the left has shown over the past few years and it's time to stop the money burning scheme that is the public union
Brett bushman May 08, 2012 at 11:33 PM
How come what happened since Obama became president is all bush's fault, yet everything that's happened in the last 16 months isnt Doyle's fault? What a double standard...
Tom Barrett May 09, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Is this bad? http://www.tomthetaxer.com/

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