The Wisconsin recall election is going to come down to one basic truth: voter turnout. This is not likely to be an election with a lot of swing or independent voters making up their minds last minute who they will support. The divide is too great and the feelings too bitter.
That’s likely why the President Obama re-election campaign is jumping into the recall with a massive get out the vote drive focused on educating and registering voters in advance of the June 5 election.
The Wisconsin state director for the Obama campaign sent an email to supporters to rally support for Democratic nominee Tom Barrett. The email reads:
The next election here in Wisconsin is coming up on June 5th — and it’s important to make sure your voice is heard.
For the last year and a half, Governor Walker has divided Wisconsin — siding with big corporations and the super-rich at the expense of working, middle-class families. He’s broken our trust in state government: Too many Wisconsin families are out of work, students face crowded classrooms, and working men and women will be hurt by cuts to health care funding.
We can do better. Together, we’ll work to elect Tom Barrett, who will stand up for all Wisconsinites as governor — and that starts with getting the word out now about what’s at stake on June 5th.
The effort is in part due to changes in the voting rules in Wisconsin thanks to a newly enacted voter ID and electoral access bill. While a portion of the bill has been blocked for now, other elements such as residency changes remain in effect.
Plus, a host of educated and registered voters by June certainly wont hurt the Obama campaign come November either.
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