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Survey: Wis. gov recall will cost $9 million

Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A recall election to oust Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker from office could cost at least $9 million.

The estimate from the state Government Accountability Board is based on figures from county clerks, the state’s municipal clerks and the board itself.

The board asked local clerks to estimate the costs of a possible recall election based on statewide elections in November 2010 and April 2011.

Democrats want to throw Walker out of office over his contentious collective bargaining bill.

Board Director Kevin Kennedy cautioned that Friday’s numbers are estimates and election costs can vary.

Republicans still pounced on the numbers, saying the state can’t afford it.

State Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate portrayed the recall costs as the “best down payment” people can make for Wisconsin’s future.

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