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Recall could have national ripple effect

LA CROSSE, Wis. -- All eyes are on Wisconsin as the state gets ready to decide whether the governor will keep his job.

RELATED: Wisconsin Recall Election Page

It's a fight to the finish as Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Tom Barrettt crisscrossed the state on their last day to campaign before voters hit the polls. Both candidates made stops in our area today, with visits to La Crosse and West Salem.

It's a high-stakes election that's attracted attention -- and money -- from across the nation. The recall even came up in a presidential press conference today.

That means the outcome of this Wisconsin election could have a ripple effect on the rest of the country.

Barrett supporter and lifelong Wisconsinite Carol Scoville sees a lot of big issues at stake in this recall -- not just in Wisconsin, but on the national stage.

"Collective bargaining, voters' rights, women's rights -- these are all being taken away from us, and we can't tolerate; we can't allow that to happen," said Scoville.

That's why she brought her grandsons to meet Barrett this morning at Jules Coffee House in La Crosse.

"I brought my two grandchildren and I said, 'We're going to go down and meet that man!'" said Scoville.


Barrett said he knows the race has gained a national spotlight, but he's trying to stay focused on Wisconsin.

"My hope is that this is going to be a focus on our values as a state. And so you've got all these national pundits and these national figures, but I want to be concerned, and I will be concerned, about people who live here in this state," said Barrett.

Walker, on the other hand, said he's embracing the opportunity to send a national message.

William Chaney took off some time from work to meet the governor during his stop in West Salem and said he hopes a Walker win would catch the country's attention.

"The taxpayers are revolting. Seriously, I think the taxpayers have had enough," said Chaney. "It's about time somebody showed some austerity."

"Most politicians don't have the courage to take those issues on. I think the message that will come out tomorrow, if we're able to prevail, is that you can take on the tough issues. You can do things to think more about the next generation than just about the next election, and voters will stand with you. And I think that's powerful not only here in Wisconsin. I think it would be powerful across the country," said Walker.

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