Recall Election Day
June 5th, 2012 was a day millions of people across the nation had been waiting for. Wisconsin residents, in particular, had been counting down to this special election in hopes of recalling their governor, Scott Walker. Gatherings happened all over the state throughout the day. Smiles were easy to come by and a positive energy flooded the capitol grounds in Madison where hundreds gathered to sing. The day’s arrival meant a brief opportunity for relaxation. This afternoon was the first, in a long time, that there would be rejoicing in place of knocking on doors, passing out literature and setting social media afire in an effort to inform and encourage voters.
The tension grew as the day progressed. As reports came in that Walker and his challenger, Milwaukee Mayor, Tom Barrett, were neck and neck in the exit polls, supporters of each candidate knew they would simply have to wait for the results.
This sign board In Madison was one of many plastered the evening of June 4th, the day before the election.
People gather outside the capitol in Madison for the Solidarity Sing-Along.
This was the 383rd sing-along since Gov. Scott Walker stripped unions of their bargaining rights.
A recall supporter waves a custom anti-Walker flag.
Regular protesters stand outside Madison’s capitol building.
The red heart balloon has become a symbol of solidarity and tenacity among recall supporters.
It can often be seen on the ceiling of the capitol dome or being held by Lady Forward.
Audience members chat while waiting for broadcast of The Ed Show.
Ed Schultz is informed of reports that there are only 10 paper ballots left in all of Milwaukee.
Many voters requested paper ballots after cases of digital misreads and flips occurred during the primaries.
Women in the audience of The Ed Show react to the seemingly early call in Walker’s favor.
Audience members react to Walker’s victory speech.
Ed Schultz, of The Ed Show and John Nichols, Washington correspondent for The Nation,
watch Scott Walker’s victory speech.