LA CROSSE CO., WI (WXOW)—The battle over Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's agenda has attracted millions of dollars from out of state and campaign volunteers from across the country.
On Tuesday only the voices of Wisconsin voters will decide who wins the recall election.
After an intense year in the national spotlight, both sides are preparing for a close race.
Local voters have differing opinions on the national effect of the vote.
"This election represents what can happen in the national election," David Ekern, Walker supporter said. "This is a trial run. Every state in the nation is watching us. Every country in the world is watching."
"No, not really it maybe has some mild impact but I think that's been over blown a little bit with what that affect is going to be," Anne Formanek, Barrett supporter said.
Republican Scott Walker and Democrat Tom Barrett both spent the last day before the election campaigning around the state.
"It's like a heavy weight fight," Barrett said. "In one corner you've got Scott Walker who has raised millions and millions of dollars from the billionaire in Texas, developers in Missouri, stacks and stacks of money and in the other corner I've got you."
Barrett started his day with voters at Jules Coffee in La Crosse. He said he'd take them any day over billionaires because it's about values.
"I have no desire to be the rock star for the right. I have no desire to be the rock star for the left. I want to be rock solid in working to create jobs in Wisconsin," Barrett said.
As Walker toured Coulee Region RV Center, in West Salem, he said he's already been creating jobs.
"We went from losing jobs when I took office to gaining jobs now," Walker said. "I think that's the most powerful point and I think that's something the other side just doesn't offer."
One common theme between the democrats and republicans is voter turn out; both parties said it's critical for the recall election.
"We put a lot of focus here on Western Wisconsin because these are people who love their families. They want to have a good education for they're kids," Barrett said.
"I'm not conceding any vote in any part of Wisconsin," Walker said. "I just fundamentally believe if people look at the facts…I've had voter after voter tell me they voted for my opponent two years ago , but they're voting for me because they looked at the facts and they want someone who is willing to take on the tough issues."
Both candidates say they have the people of Wisconsin's best interest in mind.
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