May 08. 2012 11:00AM - Last modified: May 08. 2012 11:18AM

Wisconsin voters flock to polls in recall primary

  
Wisconsin voters are going to the polls today to cast votes in the recall elections for Gov. Scott Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and four Republican state senators.

Government Accountability Board Director Kevin Kennedy predicts a turnout of about 30 to 35 percent of voters today.
However, Kennedy said he expects turnout in the June 5 general recall election will top the number of voters who went to the polls for the November 2010 gubernatorial election.
Kennedy said on “UpFront with Mike Gousha" Sunday that it is difficult to know how many voters will head to the polls today because the state has no historic precedence for recall elections.
Still, Kennedy said he expects the primaries to garner more attention than the April elections and that the June general elections will see a turnout of more than 50 percent, higher than the 2010 gubernatorial election.
“This is a special election,” Kennedy said on Sunday’s show, which is produced in conjunction with WisPolitics.com. “It has got people roiled up on both sides.”
Walker has a token primary challenge on the ballot by activist Arthur Kohl-Riggs, a self-described “Lincoln Republican.”
Four Democrats are vying for that party’s nomination to challenge Walker. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has been leading in most polls, followed by former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, Secretary of State Douglas La Follette and State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout.
The other statewide primary pits Mahlon Mitchell, the head of the Madison firefighters' union, against private investigator Ira Robins and "protest" candidate Isaac Weix in the race for lt. governor.
Kennedy also explained that voters will be able to cross party lines today and vote for candidates from different parties as long as they only vote once for each office. He said each recall election is its own individual event.
The polls will close at 8 p.m.

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