MIDDLETON (WKOW) -- He may not be running for Governor like so many Democrats had hoped he would, but Russ Feingold is making it clear to recall volunteers that he wants the same thing they do.
"To vote Scott Walker, out of the Governorship," Feingold said to applause at an early voting rally Tuesday.
The former U.S. Senator is perhaps the most notable Democrat to lead the party's statewide early voting effort over the next two weeks.
Feingold led the way by casting his own ballot for Tom Barrett at Middleton City Hall.
"This is a people's movement, and if people are able to get out and vote early, then they can go and help other people who might find it more challenging to get out to vote," Feingold told a group of reporters.
Its a message many of the volunteers took to heart.
"It will free others, like myself, to be able to do some more sign waving or to drive people to the polls to help out in a way, without having to worry about voting," said volunteer Rob Biendseil. "So, get it done and get going."
Recent polls not only give Gov. Walker a four to nine point lead, they also suggest Republicans may be more likely to get to the polls than Democrats on June 5th.
But, Feingold disputes that perception.
"I think the polling is underestimating the power of the turnout that you're gonna see on behalf of removing Walker from the Governorship. I'm optimistic," said Feingold.
But for Barrett to win, its likely that optimism will have to be matched by hard work.
Barrett supporter Sharon Nash said that is something she is used to.
"We may be getting tired but, we're not less enthused. This is even more important to us now," said Nash.
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