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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Will Face Recall Election [Updated]

WASHINGTON - JUNE 20: Governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker listens during the 2011 Governors Summit of U.S. Chamber of Commerce June 20, 2011 in Washington, DC. The summit was to focus on policies that help states to attract businesses and to improve the economy. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Photo: Alex Wong/2011 Getty Images

The Wisconsin Government Accountability board voted 5-0 to officially order a recall election for Governor Scott Walker after 900,000 people signed a petition calling for the recall. Out of that tally, Wisconsin conservatives were surprised to find only five fake names signed in the petition: Adolf Hitler, Mick E. Mous, Donald L. Duck, Fungky Van Den Elzen, and I Love Scott Walker Thanks (you’re welcome?). Update: Fungky Van Den Elzen is an actual human being.

Update 2: A Wisconsin federal court has struck down sections of Walker’s law limiting collective bargaining rights. A lawsuit was filed by a coalition of unions last summer. Most of the law remains intact – at least until the recall in June.

There are at least three Democrats, including Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who lost to Walker in 2010, have confirmed that they will run. A Democratic primary, if necessary, if will he held on May 8th, and the recall vote will be June 5th.

Walker painted the recall as a golden opportunity at a press conference this morning:

It gives us a great opportunity to tell our story, to tell that we’re turning things around, how we’re heading in the right direction, how we’re moving Wisconsin forward. But we’ve got a lot more to do.”

The embattled Wisconsin Governor has faced a tirade of criticism after passing a law that essentially ends collective bargaining in the historically pro-union state.

Only two governors have been outed via recall elections in our fair nation’s history: California Governor Gray Davis in 2003 and North Dakota Governor Lynn Frazier in 1921.

In other Wisco-news, Romney is leading Santorum by seven points in the Wisconsin primary, according to an NBC News/Marist poll released today. On, Wisconsin!

WI Gov. Scott Walker Will Face Recall Election