Source: Judy Keen / USA Today
Wisconsin voters are deciding Tuesday whether to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who came to national prominence in 2011 after he launched a successful battle to end collective-bargaining rights for most state workers.
The election is being closely watched nationally for clues about fallout facing other elected officials who cut workers’ benefits to ease crunched budgets and for the implications in the presidential race between President Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney in a state both would like to win.
“The stakes are quite high,” says Barry Burden, a University of Wisconsin-Madison political science professor. “If Walker wins it will be vindication” and if he loses, “it would be a rebuke to the Republican agenda.”
If Walker is ousted, he would be just the third governor to be removed from office in U.S. history.
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