Polls close for Wisconsin recall primaries

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Polls close for Wisconsin recall primaries

By the WTMJ News Team. CREATED May 8, 2012 - UPDATED: May 8, 2012

What are you experiencing at the polls today?  Send us your stories, your photos.

8:00 p.m.

Polls close in Wisconsin.

7:32 p.m.

Wisconsin GOP reacts to Barrett primary win in gubernatorial race before polls close

6:04 p.m.

Governor Walker told TODAY'S TMJ4's Charles Benson he is asking voters to cast their ballots today, but is mainly focusing on the general recall election on June 5.

6:01 p.m.

TODAY'S TMJ4's Jermont Terry talked to Republican voters that crossed over and voted for Democratic candidates in the gubernatorial race.

5:20 p.m.

An argument over Wisconsin's recall primaries has landed a Chippewa Falls husband in the hospital.

5:05 p.m.

Once the polls close, Milwaukee Mayor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett will be at the Hyatt Regency downtown, where he hopes to make a victory speech Tuesday night.

4:25 p.m.

Hoping to emerge with a win, Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk believes she has the support she needs to win Tuesday's gubernatorial primary.  "We'll all be united.  We have been from the beginning, and we will get the job done together," said Falk.

3:36 p.m.

WisPolitics.com's president Jeff Mayers told Wisconsin's Afternoon News, "It would take an enormous turnout effort in a lot of the undecided (voters) to go and vote for (Falk)."

11:35 a.m.
Some takes from voters who talked to the Associated Press:

"Seventy-seven year-old part-time plumbing and heating contractor Carl Schramm of Whitefish Bay says the recall election is "stupid" and "costs a lot of money."

"But 41-year-old marketing consultant Amy Westrup of Whitefish Bay calls the chance to overturn the 2010 election result "the ultimate mulligan." She voted for Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett."

10:53 a.m.
Democratic candidate Kathleen Falk, the former Dane County Executive, cast her ballot in Madison about an hour ago.

See raw video of that, shot by TODAY'S TMJ4's Cody Holyoke.

We'll have coverage on her side of the primary election day proceedings all day on Newsradio 620 WTMJ and TODAY'S TMJ4, and on this web site.

10:23 a.m.
Incumbent Republican Governor Scott Walker started his push against expected Democratic candidate Tom Barrett, Milwaukee's mayor.

"Simply look at the difference between the City of Milwaukee and the State of Wisconsin.  We're moving forward.  Do people really want to go backwards like we've seen in that city?  I don't think so," said Walker about his anticipated adversary, Milwaukee Democratic Mayor Tom Barrett.  Walker spoke on Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Midday with Charlie Sykes."

Click here to read and hear more of Walker's comments.

9:53 a.m.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said he is "optimistic" about both winning today and in the general recall election on June 5th after voting in Milwaukee.

He voted at the French Immersion School in Milwaukee on Tuesday morning, though not without a minor mishap.

A TODAY'S TMJ4 photojouranlist took video of him going to the ballot box, then being told to come back to the poll workers' table because he forgot to sign the poll book.

He took care of that, then cast his ballot.

Click here to see raw video of Barrett casting his ballot, then talking to reporters including TODAY'S TMJ4's Melissa McCrady.

9:06 a.m.
Marquette University visiting professor Charles Franklin, who also teaches at UW-Madison, tells Newsradio 620 WTMJ that we should expect few GOP crossover votes into the Democratic gubernatorial recall primary.

Click here to read why.

7:20 a.m.
Polls opened Tuesday for voters casting ballots in the historic Wisconsin gubernatorial recall primaries.

There were also recall races for Lieutenant Governor and four state senate seats.

The winner of the Democratic primary was expected to take on incumbent Republican Governor Scott Walker in the general recall election.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett cast his ballot at the French Immersion School shortly after 7:00 a.m.

Polls show Barrett leading former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk in the Democratic race.

"If people see that I'm genuine, and reaching out, and truly reaching out to the issues that we have in the state, I think it will be successful," said Barrett.

"We often turn to the one person in our family who can get the family back together.  That's our Mom.  With a firm hand, but knowing how to get people to the table."

Polls show Secretary of State Doug LaFollette and Alma State Senator Kathleen Vinehout getting single digit percentages in support.

Protest candidate Gladys Huber, who has been involved in Republican politics in Ozaukee County, was also placed on the Democratic ballot.

Gov. Walker has prepared to face the Democratic winner who will challenge him for his job.

"I don't think most people want to go backwards," said Walker.

He faced his own primary on Tuesday, but his opponent, protest candidate Arthur Kohl-Riggs, admits he has no chance of winning.