Daily Recall Election Roundup: May 3
Here are the latest updates from the campaign trail in the upcoming recall elections.
Every day between now and Tuesday's primary recall elections, Patch will provide regular updates on what's happening in the campaigns of those who want to be our next governor. Check back with this column throughout the day for the latest from the campaign trail.
4:25 p.m.: State projects primary turnout of 30 to 35 percent
The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, which oversees elections in the state, is predicting that between 30 percent and 35 percent of the voting-age population — about 1.3 to 1.5 million people — will vote in Tuesday's gubernatorial recall primary.
However, the board admits, it's pretty tough to make an estimate because of the historic nature of the recall election.
“Wisconsin has never had a statewide recall primary, which makes predicting turnout difficult,” said Kevin Kennedy, director of the board. "We typically look at history for guidance in predicting turnout. In the last few decades, turnout for September partisan primaries has ranged from 9 percent to 25 percent, but we believe turnout will be higher in this primary because of the strong public interest in the recall elections.”
Historically, the highest voter turnout in a September partisan primary in the last 50 years was 27.9 percent in 1964, the board said.
The highest turnout in the past decade was 22.5 percent in 2002. The highest turnout recorded was 38.9 percent in 1952.
1:40 p.m.: Barrett blasts Walker for 'staying the course'
A release from Tom Barrett blasts Gov. Scott Walker for "staying the course," calling his jobs agenda "bankrupt" and contributing to Wisconsin losing 24,000 jobs over the past 12 months.
"Walker is telling Wisconsin to stay the course, but Walker's course leads to more division, more right-wing partisanship, and more job loss," said Barrett. "Wisconsin needs a new course, one that actually puts jobs ahead of ideology, and a leadership style that brings people together and heals our political wounds instead of pitting people against each other."
Barrett stated he provided a contrast in a 2010 comprehensive, 67-page blueprint to create jobs for Wisconsin's economy, includes strengthening manufacturing, partnering with small business, among other goals.
1:15 p.m.: Walker says recall loss is 'possible'
While talking with the editorial board of the Journal-Sentinel, Scott Walker said a recall loss is "possible."
"You see, when we prevail, God willing and with the help of voters June 5th, this will send a powerful message and not just to Madison," but across the country, he told the newspaper.
"Conversely, if we lose, which is obviously possible in a 50-50 race, I think it sets aside any courage — Republicans or Democrats alike — in politics for at least a decade," he said.
1:05 p.m.: Falk to campaign in Green Bay Thursday
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Kathleen Falk will be in Green Bay Thursday to talk about education. Falk, will meet with teachers and parents at 4 p.m. at Green Bay Southwest High School, 1331 Packerland Dr.