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UPDATE: Supporters erupt as Walker declared winner

9:10 Update

The crowd in Waukesha erupted when NBC News projected Scott Walker the winner of tonight's recall election. Just 22 percent of precincts were reporting at the time.

You can now hear supporters chanting "Recall Barrett" and "We love our Gov."

Watch Newsline 9 at 10 and Wake Up Wisconsin for complete recall coverage.


9:00 p.m. Update

Hundreds of people have packed the Waukesha County Expo Center to support Governor Scott Walker. Many are wearing shirts and carrying signs.

The campaign is broadcasting election results on a giant projection screen, and every time the Governor or Lieutenant Governor's race is announced, big cheers are heard from the crowd.

In contrast, any time a Democrat is shown on screen, loud boos echo through the room.

Everyone is anxiously awaiting the arrival of Governor Scott Walker. We're told he will address the crowd once the race is called.

7:00 p.m. Update

Hundreds of reporters and photographers have converged on Waukesha to watch election results roll in. During the past few hours, Governor Scott Walker's staff has been checking in with the media and making final preparations for tonight's campaign party. 

In addition, dozens of police officers and security personnel with bomb sniffing dogs are patrolling the Expo center.

Media members have been watching local TV coverage projected on a huge screen next to the stage. Every time images of the long lines for voting are shown, the room starts buzzing. 

Newsline 9's Bonnie Shelton has been talking with some of the national media outlets here and they tell her that the recall race for Governor will continue to dominate the headlines. Everyone is watching Wisconsin, and particularly this race, to see who Wisconsin voters will side with.

One big topic of discussion: the last Presidential election. Barack Obama won Wisconsin by 14 points but many political pundits are saying if Walker avoids recall, the state could be a toss up in November.

Stay tuned to Newsline 9 for the latest election results.

12:30 p.m.

Sixteen months of political unrest culminates today with the historic recall election of Governor Scott Walker spurred by last year's controversial budget repair bill. 

Several recent polls show Walker leading Barrett by a narrow margin but that hasn't slowed down the Governor's efforts to reach voters. In the past few days he has criss-crossed the state, defending the changes he made to balance the budget and boost job growth in Wisconsin.

Walker plans to continue to campaign today, with a stop scheduled in Wausau around noon. He'll end the night in Waukesha where his campaign headquarters will be located inside the Waukesha County Expo Center.

WAOW's Bonnie Shelton will be in Waukesha covering Governor Walker's campaign and voting results throughout the night. Stay with Newsline 9 for complete recall election coverage. Along with updates over the air and online, Bonnie will be tweeting. Follow her at www.twitter.com/#/bshelton_waow

The fates of Governor Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett are in the hands of voters and after the polls close at 8:00 p.m. we'll know where Wisconsin voters stand.
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