By Nick Gillespie, Reason
Wisconsin voters go to the polls on June 5 to see if incumbent Republican Gov. Scott Walker gets to stay in office after pushing to rid collective bargaining for teachers when it comes to retirement and health-care benefits and other controversial moves. Walker says all manner of cost-cutting and efficiency-improving measures are necessary to save the state’s finances. Opponents say he’s a union-busting zealot who is against the working man.
Both sides look energized:
The turnout offered a hint of what might come June 5 with two energized parties clashing in only the third recall of a governor in U.S. history, said Charles Franklin, who directs the Marquette Law School poll. In 2010, 2.1 million people voted in the governor’s race.
“There’s every reason to believe we’ll hit 2.5 million or higher, easily,” Franklin said.