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Since the beginning of the gubernatorial recall primary in April, both Gov. Scott Walker and challenger Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett have hopscotched across Wisconsin to rally support as the June 5 election day approaches.

Both campaigns have been very protective of their candidates. When either Walker or Barrett traveled, access was mostly granted to media outlets — not the general public.

Walker spent much of his time visiting manufacturing plants to promote his jobs agenda. It wasn’t unusual for Walker to visit two or three locations throughout the state in a day. Barrett, on the other hand, frequently relied on buzz from other Democratic leaders, such as Russ Feingold, to drum up additional support on campaign stops.

This collection of images documents some of their travels on to visit factories and supporters, as well as their televised debates and press conferences to offer a glimpse into life on the campaign trail.

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