Daily Recall Roundup: June 1
Here are the latest updates from the campaign trail in the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election.
Every day between now and Tuesday's gubernatorial recall election, Patch will provide daily updates on what's happening on the campaign trail.
Check back with this column throughout the day for the latest recall-related news.
3 p.m.: Statewide Absentee Voting Update
On the final day to cast an in-person absentee ballot, the G.A.B. provided the latest totals on absentee voting across the state.
More than 182,000 Wisconsin residents have already requested absentee ballots or voted absentee in the clerk’s office for the June 5 recall election, according to the Government Accountability Board.
As of noon Friday, at least 182,228 absentee ballots had been issued by Wisconsin’s local election officials.
Fro comparison, a total of 68,000 absentee ballots were tracked for the May 8 recall primary, which had an unofficial, overall turnout of 29.5 percent. On May 23, there were approximately 90,000 ballots tracked; on May 25 there were 113,558 ballots tracked; on May 29 there were 130,391 ballots tracked; and on May 31, there were 164,848 ballots tracked.
The G.A.B. will continue to provide updated absentee ballot numbers daily next week as clerks enter them into the system.
1 p.m.: Walker Supporter Arrested during Former President Bill Clinton's Milwaukee Visit
Former President Bill Clinton visited Pere Marquette Park in Milwaukee on Friday, and amid his calls for voters to get to the polls Tuesday and cast their ballot to support Tom Barrett, one Gov. Scott Walker supporter got louder and feistier than police would approve of and was consequently arrested.
Clinton visited Milwaukee to support Barrett as Wisconsin's tumultuous recall election nears its end.
Clinton made cooperation the theme of his speech and hammered Gov. Scott Walker for "divide and conquer" tactics.
"Everywhere I go in America, everywhere I go in the world, the only thing that's working is when you get everybody who's got a stake in the game in there, treat them with respect and people go forward together," Clinton said. "That's how you get out of a ditch."
10:32 a.m.: Walker, Barrett Spar over Jobs, John Doe Probe and Crime Stats in Final Recall Debate
Republican Gov. Scott Walker and his Democratic opponent Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett didn't pull any punches Thursday night in their final debate at Marquette Law School before the June 5 gubernatorial recall election.
According to WisPolitics.com, the two jousted over job numbers with Walker touting new jobs numbers that show the state adding more than 20,000 jobs and Barrett accusing the governor of meeting with political appointees to come up with a new set of numbers.
When Walker pressed Barrett to release records to detail to what extent numbers detailing violent crime in Milwaukee were misreported, Barrett countered by pushing Walker to release emails to shed more light on the John Doe investigation, which has resulted in charges against his former aides in the Milwaukee County executive's office.
Walker and Barrett also quarreled over collective bargaining and the economy. WisPolitics has the blow-by-blow and video of the debate on their website.
10:30 a.m.: Nikki Haley Joining Walker for Sussex Rally at Quad/Graphics
On his tour throughout Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker will be stopping by Quad/Graphics in Sussex and be joined by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on Friday for a “grassroots rally.”
The two will start their rally at 2:15 p.m. at Quad. Both Walker and Haley visited the Miller Electric Manufacturing Company in Appleton earlier on Friday.