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Gov. Walker recall officially on in Wisconsin

What will surely be one of the most watched political contests in the country has just started next door. Wisconsin's Republican governor, Scott Walker, is facing a historic recall after more than a year of high-profile protests. So what happens next? Talking Points Memo explains the process, while the Los Angeles Times explores what this means for the presidential race and the larger political climate.
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What will surely be one of the most watched political contests in the country has officially started next door. Wisconsin's Republican governor, Scott Walker, is facing a recall after more than a year of high-profile protests.

The event is historic. Only two other governors have faced recalls in America. And Walker isn't the only leader up for recall in Wisconsin. The state's Government Accountability Board set recall elections for four Republican state senators. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has more.

So what happens now? Talking Points Memo explains: It's not a thumbs-up-thumbs-down affair. Rather, voters will decide a special race between the incumbent, Walker, and a Democratic challenger. Polls show Walker with a very slim lead over potential opponents.

The Los Angeles Times says the race has come to symbolize the perils of moving too far to the right in a swing state, a danger that the presidential contenders could face as well.

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