I wish all elections had this turnout. This should be the norm, not the exception.Madison, Wi. resident Tom Bartelt • Offering a bipartisan message that everyone can probably agree with. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel notes that the city’s 53rd ward had significantly high numbers of newly registered voters on Tuesday — 500 in total, out of 1,500 total voters. (click for more)
» And voter turnout is driving the day. It’s often difficult to parse exit polls like these for the purposes of prognostication, but these numbers do highlight something fairly clearly — this is a battle between political coalitions with long-entrenched attitudes on unions and governance, and the voters are following suit, overwhelmingly having made up their minds well before election day. Turnout is reportedly very high throughout the state, which has bolstered spirits on both sides — don’t blink on this race, it’s living up to the hype right now.
Many polling locations here in the inner city of Milwaukee are running out of ballots and voter registration forms. Based on the anecdotes I’m hearing from the field, it’s safe to say that hundreds and hundreds of people have not voted as a result.Gary Younge, a reporter with The Guardian • While out in Milwaukee, Younge discovered a lack of forms at some polling stations. This is also being confirmed by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Probably not the best of news to come out of Wisconsin right now. source (via • follow)
Ice burn from the Republican National Committee. However, Barrett says he doesn’t mind.
If I were the president, I wouldn’t want to be attached to a loss. Tom Barrett is polling down and he doesn’t have an economic development plan and he doesn’t have a budget plan. That does not bode well for his candidacy and it also doesn’t bode well for the president if he comes into Wisconsin and then doesn’t have the potency in order to lift Tom Barrett to a win.Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch • Suggesting that Obama has stayed out of the Scott Walker recall race because he thinks Tom Barrett’s going to lose. It’s not like Kleefisch doesn’t have a biased opinion here or anything — she’s also facing a recall. But that said, it is a tad conspicuous that Obama has stayed out of the campaign while Bill Clinton has jumped in with both feet. But in the end, we don’t know what’s actually going to happen until tomorrow. We’ll be watching closely.