Wisconsin Recall Vote: Gov. Walker Lead Shrinks to Within Margin of Error

Wisconsin Recall Vote: Gov. Walker Lead Shrinks to Within Margin of Error

Wisconsin Recall Vote: Gov. Walker Lead Shrinks to Within Margin of Error

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June 4 2012 2:59 PM

Wisconsin Recall Vote: Gov. Walker Lead Shrinks to Within Margin of Error

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Recall volunteer Tanya Schamens of Sparta, WI., wears pins showing her opposition to Governor Walker as she carries one of the boxes containing signatures to recall Gov. Scott Walker.

Photo by Mark Hirsch/Getty Images

Whether or not tomorrow’s Wisconsin recall vote is a harbinger of what’s to come in November, Governor Scott Walker’s disappearing lead in polls over Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, and a deluge of national money dumped on the state, will make it this week’s battle royal to watch.

Governor Walker faces the recall vote not for any malfeasance but because of his efforts to disassemble collective bargaining rights in his state, which have lead to historic protests from Wisconsin voters and unions. Turnout could be historic too; election officials are predicting as many as 2.8 million votes could be cast.

Walker’s lead over Bartlett has narrowed to just three points--nearly within the margin of error, according to Public Policy Polling data taken over the weekend of likely voters. Democrats in the state are predicting a possible last-minute upset. Meanwhile millions have been spent in the state on political attack ads. Even the candidates seem at the end of their rope.

Video by Paca Thomas.

Ben Johnson is the producer of Marketplace Tech from American Public Media.