Polls are open in Wisconsin for an election some say is a 'dry run' for the November presidential vote.
It's an effort to recall Wisconsin's Republican governor Scott Walker and replace him with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who is a Democrat. It's also one of the most expensive recall elections in American history.
The recall was sparked by Walker's efforts to curtail union rights and benefits. If the recall is successful, it will be only the third time that a governor has been kicked out by voters.
Tom Barrett talks with Soledad this morning on "Starting Point" to explain the importance of today's recall vote and why he thinks he will win today's race.
“So [Walker] set out on a strategy to divide this state," Barrett says. "He succeeded in dividing the state. This state has never been divided as it is right now. So Wisconsin historically, traditionally, has not been this polarized state."
Barrett adds, "I think the cause is to get rid of the instigator rather than to allow him to continue because I think this state will remain this bitterly divided if he continues in office. I don't see how Wisconsin can move forward if he continues with the style that he's had for the last year and a half.”