Recall Election Could Shift Wisconsin's Legislature

By KBJR News 1

May 31, 2012 Updated May 31, 2012 at 8:26 PM CDT

Superior, WI (Northlands NewsCenter)
-- Wisconsin's historic recall election is only five days away. The latest Marquette Law School Poll gives Governor Walker a seven point lead over Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

Four senate seats are also up for grabs that could transform Wisconsin's state legislature. Democrats could retake the state Senate with wins. Right now the Senate is evenly split 16 to 16, between the Democrats and Republicans.

In August the Democrats ousted two Republican Senators from office in a recall election. After Republican Senator Pam Galloway retired, the senate became split right down the middle.

Political experts following the race say voter turnout will determine the winner of these senate seats.

"The defining issue, the way that the parties are talking about this upcoming election, it's not about swaying voters. It's about turnout. It's about which party can create the produce the greatest turnout," said Dr. Alica Von Hagel, Professor if Political Science at the University of Wisconsin- Superior.

Even if the Democrats do take the majority, the next session for Wisconsin isn't until January, and there is the general election in the fall in which some Senate seat will be up for grabs.

The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board is predicting between 60-65 percent voter turnout for the June 5th election.

To compare, the highest voter turnout in a November gubernatorial election in the last 50 years was 52 percent.

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