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Dems Claim Over 100,000 Signatures For Walker Recall

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Keen to keep up the momentum, recall proponents organized a rally of tens of thousands of people at the state Capitol over the weekend.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports:

State Department of Administration officials estimate 25,000 to 30,000 people filled the square, marching through the cold drizzle, holding signs and chanting seemingly every possible derivation of "Recall Walker."

U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, was in the crowd. So was Ed Schultz, MSNBC talk show host and liberal firebrand.

A group of about 50 Walker supporters made a brief appearance. They weaved through a collection of teachers, students and organized labor officials unified in their desire to remove Walker from office.

The Dems also held a pre-rally event to train volunteers, featuring a very special guest: Former Sen. Russ Feingold, who lost his seat after three terms in the 2010 Republican wave, and since then has been a favorite of state Dem activists who had hoped for him to run for governor in a recall. However, Feingold took himself out of the running.

But as the video shows, that didn't stop rally attendees from chanting "Run, Russ, run!" and "Governor Feingold" as the man himself capped off his pro-recall speech by personally signing a petition for the cameras. Feingold reiterated that he is not running.

"There will be a new governor in a few months. It won't be me, but it will be somebody good," Feingold said, Reuters reports. "It's not about me. It's not about any particular candidate. It's about restoring civility and some kind of sense of unity to the state."