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Published June 05, 2012
In this Jan. 17, 2012 file photo, supporters of recalling Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker celebrate after canvassers gathered about 1 million signatures in Madison, Wis. More than a year after the standoff over union rights that rocked Wisconsin and the nation for weeks, the Republican Governor will face Milwaukee’s Democratic Mayor Tom Barrett in Tuesday’s recall election. (AP Photo/Andy Manis) (AP2012)
The Wisconsin recall election could well be a decisive turning point in the presidential election. Recent polls –showing Governor Scott Walker holding a two to three point lead over Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett — indicate that the governor will triumph Tuesday. A victory would signal a major blow to organized labor and a jolt to Republican governors nationally.
It, too, however, has the potential to be a pivotal, watershed moment in the 2012 presidential election, setting the pace and determining the direction of the race from now until November that could spell disaster for President Obama.
If Walker is re-elected, it will embolden Republicans across the country and alert them that a set of tough positions on fiscal issues, particularly relating to pension and benefits, remains viable.