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“The outside money is off the charts on both sides,” Mr. Franklin said of the recall election. “It reflects that these are issues that have national importance.”

Among the most closely watched Wisconsin races next year is the battle to replace retiring Sen. Herb Kohl, a Democrat. A handful of prominent politicians from both parties, including former Gov. Tommy Thompson, a Republican, and former Sen. Russ Feingold and Rep. Tammy Baldwin, both Democrats, have expressed interest in seeking the seat.

All of the national and state elections, in addition to the August recall races, will serve to keep Wisconsin voters busy come 2012.

“You are going to have a competitive presidential race here, a competitive U.S. Senate race, and finally, you have all of our state Legislature here up for election,” Mr. Franklin said.