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Voters cast their ballots Tuesday, June 5, 2012, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — After a brief but bruising campaign that followed a more than yearlong fight over union rights and the state’s cash-strapped budget, voters in a narrowly divided Wisconsin began casting ballots Tuesday on whether to recall Gov. Scott Walker.

The first-term Republican was back on the ballot just 17 months after his election. Enraged Democrats and labor activists gathered more than 900,000 signatures in support of the recall after they failed to stop Walker and his GOP allies in the state legislature from stripping most public employees of their union right to collectively bargain.

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