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Barrett to battle Walker in Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election

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Barrett to battle Walker in Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election

By The Associated Press & WTMJ News Team. CREATED May 8, 2012 - UPDATED: May 9, 2012

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MADISON - Tom Barrett and Scott Walker will face off in a gubernatorial general election in Wisconsin for the second time in less than two years.

Barrett, Milwaukee's Mayor, won Tuesday's Democratic primary by about 24 percent over his nearest competitor.

He will battle Gov. Walker, a Republican, in the June 5 recall general election.

Barrett beat three other Democrats and one Republican running as a Democrat.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting as of 4:45 a.m. Wednesday, here's how the voting broke down:
- Barrett: 390,109 (58.2 percent)
- Former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk: 228,940 (34.2 percent)
- Alma State Senator Kathleen Vinehout: 26,926 (4.0 percent)
- Secretary of State Doug La Follette: 19,461 (2.9 percent)
- Fake Democrat Gladys Huber, involved in Republican politics in Ozaukee County: 4,842 (0.7 percent)

The Barrett win sets up a rematch of the 2010 governor's race in which Walker won by 5 percentage points.

Early on Wednesday morning, Barrett challenged Walker to four debates focusing on jobs over the next four weeks.  The Walker campaign did not initially comment.

He was to join all the Democratic gubernatorial candidates at his home for a unity event later on Wednesday.

Barrett released a statement after the announcement:

"Tonight, I am humbled by and grateful for the support of Wisconsinites across our great state. I want to congratulate Kathleen Falk, Kathleen Vinehout, and Doug La Follette on their incredibly hard-fought campaigns; they are all tremendous public servants and we share the same  goals of a Wisconsin that works for everyone - and we are united in knowing that we must work together to end Scott Walker's ideological civil war".

"We cannot fix Wisconsin with Walker as governor - this election is not about fighting past battles, it is about moving forward together to create jobs and get our economy moving again. Wisconsin cannot afford to continue to suffer through Walker's ideological civil war. We've seen billions in tax giveaways to the super rich, while our classrooms suffered the biggest cuts in history. And under Scott Walker, Wisconsin lost more jobs than any other state in the entire country."

"We need a governor who will end the civil war and put Wisconsin first. It's time to fix Wisconsin and move our state forward."

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