Voters head to polls for Wisconsin primary election

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Voters head to polls for Wisconsin primary election

By the WTMJ News Team and the Associated Press. CREATED Apr 3, 2012 - UPDATED: Apr 3, 2012

MILWAUKEE - Voters will cast ballots Tuesday in the Republican presidential primary and other local races during the Wisconsin spring election.

Polls opened at 7:00 a.m. CT across the state, and election officials will close them at 8:00 p.m.

Two front-runners in the GOP race have given Wisconsin lots of attention.

Rick Santorum, currently in second place in the Republican delegate race and most GOP polls, chose not to remain in the state after spending several days here.

He's trying to catch up to front-runner Mitt Romney in the chase for delegates.

Many speculate Santorum will need Wisconsin in order to come back and win the GOP nomination.

As for Romney, has has support from Congressman Paul Ryan and Senator Ron Johnson.

Romney was to hold an election day lunch around 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

"We have to not just win, but we have to win and be able to make some real changes," said Santorum.

"You're not going to see change or anything like it with Governor Romney."

"I'm in this race to help people get good jobs, to get incomes up again, to make sure that health care costs don't bankrupt families," claimed Romney.

Election officials are predicting 35 percent turnout for Tuesday's election, based on voter interest in the struggle for the GOP nomination and a bevy of local races.

That's the same percentage that showed up in 2008 when it was the Democrats who were in the middle of a presidential nomination fight.

Weather shouldn't be an impediment to voting, with warm temperatures forecast across much of the state and only isolated thunderstorms possible.

Click here for election results after the polls close at 8:00 p.m. CT.