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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Opponents of Republican Gov. Scott Walker, spurred by anger over his successful push to remove nearly all collective bargaining rights from most public workers, blanketed Wisconsin on Tuesday to launch an unprecedented effort to gather 540,000 signatures and force a recall election.

The petition drive began in the early morning hours with rallies and pajama parties. More than 100 events were planned across Wisconsin on Tuesday as supporters tried to collect an average of 9,000 signatures a day to meet the target.

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