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Candidates - from left, Tom Barrett, Kathleen Falk, Doug La Follette and Kathleen Vinehout - wait before the start of a live debate between Democratic candidates for Wisconsin governor at the Wisconsin Public Television studio in Madison, Wis., on Friday. The Democratic front-runners vying for a chance to take on Republican Gov. Scott Walker in a June recall election bashed the governor during the debate, accusing him of failing to create jobs and dividing the state along ideological lines. (Associated Press)

Candidates - from left, Tom Barrett, Kathleen Falk, Doug La Follette and Kathleen Vinehout - wait before the start of a live debate between Democratic candidates for Wisconsin governor at the Wisconsin Public Television studio in Madison, Wis., on Friday. The Democratic front-runners vying for a chance to take on Republican Gov. Scott Walker in a June recall election bashed the governor during the debate, accusing him of failing to create jobs and dividing the state along ideological lines. (Associated Press)

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