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Polls open in historic recall election

MILWAUKEE (AP) -

Wisconsin's historic recall election is expected to draw large numbers of voters to the polls Tuesday.

Polls show Republican Gov. Scott Walker in a tight race with Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

Walker and his wife, Tonette, waited in line as the polls opened at 7 a.m. before voting in the Milwaukee suburb of Wauwatosa. Barrett voted at the Milwaukee French Immersion school.

Milwaukee Elections Commission director Susan Edman says her technicians are reporting lines at many city voting places. State elections officials predict up to 65% of eligible voters will turn out at the polls.

The vote is a culmination of more than a year of turmoil in Wisconsin after Walker pushed through a bill cutting collective bargaining rights for most public employees to balance the state budget.

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