MADISON, WIS. (AP) -- A recall election was officially ordered Friday against embattled first-term Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker after more than 900,000 signatures were collected on petitions to force a vote.
The Government Accountability Board voted 5-0 to order the recall, a move that has been expected for weeks given the high number of signatures gathered between November and January. It took 540,208 signatures to trigger a recall.
Democratic primary is necessary, it will be May 8. The actual recall vote then will be June 5.
Walker was targeted for recall after he pushed through a law last year that effectively ended collective bargaining rights for most state workers.
There have been only two successful gubernatorial recalls in U.S. history.
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