The Wisconsin Recall Election

MADISON (AP) -- If you haven't gotten a phone call or piece of mail related to the June 5 recall election yet, just wait.

Democrats and Republicans are ramping up their efforts to reach out to voters before Gov. Scott Walker faces Democrat Tom Barrett in the recall just a month away.

The Wisconsin Republican Party said Wednesday that it had already made more than 2 million voter contact calls since January, which is more than was made during the entire 2010 election cycle.

Democrats announced a series of get-out-the-vote activities across the state including phone banks with Barrett and lieutenant governor candidate Mahlon Mitchell.

And the television airwaves have already been blanketed with ads from both sides, with more coming. The Republican Governors Association launched a new one Wednesday against Barrett.

Turnout for the recall primary election broke 30 percent, the highest for a partisan primary in Wisconsin in 60 years.

More than 1.3 million people cast ballots Tuesday, which equates to 30.2 percent of eligible voters statewide. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett won a four-way race for the Democratic nomination, while Republican Gov. Scott Walker easily overcame token opposition on the GOP side.

About 670,000 votes were cast for one of the Democratic candidates, with Barrett getting about 387,000 votes. About 646,000 votes were cast on the Republican side.

This is the first gubernatorial recall election in Wisconsin history so there are no comparable primaries with which to compare it. However, the previous high turnout for a regular fall primary was 38.9 percent in 1952 based on records dating to 1948.

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