Per Andy Kroll at Mother Jones:
Democrat Tom Barrett cruised to victory in the Wisconsin recall primary contest on Tuesday night and will face Gov. Scott Walker on June 5. Barrett’s win sets up his second gubernatorial fight with Walker in less than two years. With 81 percent of precincts reporting, Barrett, the mayor of Milwaukee, led his top challenger, former Dane County executive Kathleen Falk, 57 percent to 35 percent.
Firefighter and union leader Mahlon Mitchell, who dominated the Democratic primary for the lieutenant governor, will join Barrett on the Democratic ticket in the June 5 recall. Mitchell’s impassioned support for workers’ rights and public-sector unions during the 2011 protests transformed him into something of a celebrity in progressive circles in Wisconsin.
In 2010, Barrett, a five-time US congressman, lost to Walker by nearly 125,000 votes in a landslide year for Republicans. The GOP not only reclaimed the governor’s mansion that year, but also seized control of the state legislature. This time, the political climate is changed, and the state is divided on whether to vote Walker out of office 17 months into his first term.
Pollsters and political scientists say Walker’s foes will need to win over and turn out a small group of people—6 or 7 percent of registered voters—who unlike many Wisconsinites, remain undecided on whether to oust Walker. Paul Maslin, a Democratic pollster who worked for Falk’s campaign, says these undecided voters, “have no reason to make a judgment now, and they’re going to wait until the last possible minute.” He continued, “When they do vote, they’ll leave all the stuff aside, whatever they thought of this recall originally, all the noise and the back and forth, and they’ll make a judgment about who do they trust.”…
So I guess we (meaning: some front-pager who isn’t as tech-challenged as I am) need to set up a Balloon Juice ActBlue page for Tom Barrett, now.