By media coverage, campaign funding, and long term political implications, the Wisconsin recall is impervious to former House Speaker Tip O'Neil's famous phrase "All politics is local."
The nation has had its eyes transfixed Tuesday on voters in Wisconsin as the budget and public sector reforms of Governor Scott Walker face-off against a resurrected big labor. Christian Schneider of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel joined "Real News" again on election day, after breaking down the race Monday, to discuss his observations from the field.
Schneider said early evening Tuesday that exit polling so far shows the vote brought out a high number of Wisconsinites dived about 50-50 in favor of unionization, with nearly 90 percent of voters admitting to have made their decision before May. A fly in the ointment to campaign groups in Wisconsin and across the country that have poured tens of millions of dollars into advertising in the gubernatorial recall for nearly two years.
Watch a clip as the panel also questioned whether this election really remained on the issue of collective bargaining, and how the voting results today could sway Wisconsin for the campaign strategies of Mitt Romney and President Obama: