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Afternoon Turnout Update in Wisconsin

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MADISON, WI - MARCH 10: A sign to recall Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker hangs on a statue in front of the Wisconsin State Capitol on March 10, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin. Thousands of demonstrators continue to protest at the Wisconsin State Capitol as the Wisconsin House voted to pass the state's controversial budget bill one day after Wisconsin Republican Senators voted to curb collective bargaining rights for public union workers in a surprise vote with no Democrats present. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Early indications are that turnout, as it was last Tuesday, is heavy today in Wisconsin:

-- In 12th District race between state Sen. Jim Holperin and Kim Simac (expected to be the more competitive of the two taking place today), election observers told the Lakeland Times shortly before noon that turnout in predominately Republican Minocqua for that time of day was approaching last fall's governor's race. Traditionally Democratic-heavy areas appeared to be turning out as well.

-- Brian Sikma of the conservative watchdog group Media Trackers tells Hotline On Call: Turnout in the 12th District will probably exceed the spring Supreme Court election by some unknown margin. Around 4 and 5 hours after polls opened turnout was ranging from 25 percent to 42 percent of the spring election. Lower turnout was coming from wards nearly evenly split between Democrats and Republicans (based on 2010 and Spring 2011 elections) and higher turnout was in areas that trend Democratic.

-- The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports more workers were being sent out to address long lines at some polls in Kenosha, where the 22nd District race -- which appears safer for the Democrats to hold today -- is taking place. A Government Accountability Board spokesman said that there had been reports of long lines for voters in Arbor Vitae, in the 12th District race, the paper also reported.

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