Ohio labor leader Dennis Duffey, who went to Wisconsin for the weekend to campaign for the recall of Republican Scott Walker as governor of Wisconsin, found a state that is seriously divided.
"The place is polarized. I’m surpirsed there aren’t fights on the street corner," said Duffey, of Moncloval Township. "I don’t think there’s anybody that doesn’t have an opinion."
He's the former head of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 8 in Rossford and is now the secretary-treasurer of the Ohio State Building and Construction Trades Council in Columbus.
Duffey, of Monclova Township, Lucas County, said he went to Racine, Wisc., after reading emails that the recall-Walker effort was appealing for help. He was there Saturday through Monday, using a vacation day from work.
He walked door to door, on one day working from a list of list union members who were voters and on the other two days talking to the general public.
Duffey said the television ads are running heavily in favor of Walker because Walker is reported to have outraised Democrat Tom Barrett, who was Walker's 2010 opponent.
Polls have portrayed Walker as having an edge. The average of polls by realclearpolitics.com shows Walker leading by 6.7 votes. Duffey said the people he talked to seemed to be Barrett supporters.
He said he didn't see the Walker recall as a microcosm for the presidential election.
"Two different animals. I don’t think the issues are the same," said Duffey.