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Organizer: 50,000 signatures to recall Wis. gov.

Organizers say they got 50,000 signatures in 48 hours in effort to recall Wis. Gov. Walker By The Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) ' A spokeswoman for the coalition working to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says the group has collected 50,000 signatures in 48 hours.

United Wisconsin spokeswoman Meagan Mahaffey told The Associated Press on Thursday that the numbers are slightly ahead of their expectations.

Recall organizers need to average 9,000 signatures a day to get the 540,000 needed to force a recall election of the Republican governor. They want to go well above that number, however, in case some signatures are invalidated.

The recall drive began Tuesday and the deadline for returning the signatures is Jan. 17. It comes in response to Walker's successful push to take away nearly all public worker bargaining rights.

Mahaffey says more than 20,000 people have downloaded petitions from the group's website.

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