Tomorrow, Wisconsin voters will head to the polls to vote on the recall of Governor Scott Walker. Spurred on by the sweeping legislation that passed in 2010 altering the collective-barganing rights of many of the states public union employees, Democrats/pro-Union forces and the Republican/fiscal-responsibility backers have turned the state into a heated ideological battlefield. And while tomorrow will not see the last shots fired during this conflict, most of the ammunition on both sides will be spent.
The Democrats have already started pulling back some of their resources in the state, and the President has chosen not visit the state during his campaign and fundraising tours. Republicans, on the other hand, have invested a lot of important resources to retain the seat at the possible expense of being able to assist Mitt Romney in his Presidential run. Is the expense of this battle worth it?
There has been only two successful recalls of Governors in the history of the United States. The first recall was of Lynn Frazier (North Carolina) in 1921, and the second was of Gray Davis (California) in 2003. With polls currently showing Walker leading Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the odds are that 2012 will not be added to the successful recall list. And if that’s the case, what does it mean about the Presidential Election in November? Anything? We’ll find out in a few months.
UPDATE: As of 11:15 pm Eastern Time, with 82% of the precincts reporting, Walker is leading Barrett 55% to 44%.
What our blogging friends are saying:
Gateway Pundit – “NY Times Admits WI Recall Race Will Impact 2012 Election … (Ya Think?)”
American Power – “Who to Blame on Wednesday?”
Conservative Blogs Central – “… And While We’re At It …”
Ace of Spades HQ – “Mythbusting the Left’s “Polls Overstated Walker’s Support in 2010″ Talking Point“