Wisconsin gubernatorial recall candidates stump one day before election

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Wisconsin gubernatorial recall candidates stump one day before election

By The WTMJ News Team. CREATED May 6, 2012 - UPDATED: May 7, 2012

MILWAUKEE - The state of Wisconsin is one day away from an historic primary election.

Candidates for governor are sweeping the state in late-minute campaigning before Tuesday's election.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett stopped in Sheboygan before heading to Kenosha on Monday.

"I've pretty much already made up my mind.  I'm going to vote for Barrett," supporter Penny Larson told TODAY'S TMJ4's Melissa McCrady in Sheboygan.

"I think people want their government to be run by people who care about them," said Barrett at the event.

His main Democratic rival, former County Executive Kathleen Falk was to campaign in Milwaukee.

Incumbent Republican governor Scott Walker was to take time to campaign in Monroe on Monday.

With a worker's memorial as a backdrop, Barrett shook hands and talked to people about why he should replace  Walker. Polls show Mayor Barrett with a large lead over former Falk heading into Tuesday.

But, Mayor Barrett says he's not taking a primary win for granted.

"I'm not starting any plans toward the general election," Mayor Barrett says.

"I've seen many many people who looked over the shoulder of someone else and ended up not having anything. We are putting all of our energies on getting out the vote Tuesday."

He's also got some weight behind him, as state Senators Peter Barca, Sandy Pasch and Lena Taylor were with him in Milwaukee.

Falk touted support from various other groups.

"You know, the labor groups, the women's groups, the environmental groups, young progressives, community organizers, they've all endorsed my campaign," said Falk.

Secretary of State Doug La Follette, Alma State Senator Kathleen Vinehout and protest candidate Gladys Huber, who is involved in Republican politics in Ozaukee County, all appear on the Democratic ballot as well.

Meanwhile, Governor Walker was campaigning Sunday in Appleton and West Bend.

"We want the people in the end (who) make choices to be the taxpayers of Wisconsin, not a handful of special interests," claimed Walker.

He also faces a primary against Arthur Kohl-Riggs, who is often referred to as an agitator and protester of Walker's political stances.

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