GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - Each party has its own take on what the primary turnout means for the general election.
However they agree on one thing: this will be a close race.
"Who has more passion? Those who cannot wait to vote against Scott Walker or those who cannot wait to vote for him. What I read out of this, it is b" says conservative talk show host Jerry Bader.
He is energized by the outcome of the primary.
"This was supposed to be the liberals election... this is entirely driven, this recall, by public union employees. Their candidate got trounced" says Bader.
On his WTAQ talk show Bader fielded calls from several worried republicans.
"What are you all excited about Jerry? If you add up all the democratic numbers they actually got more votes".
Other listeners responded.
Once caller named Greg says "My wife and I who are usually reliable voters did not vote yesterday because I knew Walker was going to win".
"I think a lot of people including myself didn't know Scott Walker was going to be on the ballot" says caller Jeremy.
Turnout in the general election will be key for both parties.
"People crunch numbers, do statistics and it sounds like baseball sometimes" says Democratic Party volunteer Sid Vineburg "but in this case I don't think we can predict anything except that we've got to get our voters out to the polls".
Democrats say the campaign will kick into overdrive now that the ballot is set.
"I still have my Barrett for Governor bumper sticker on my car from the last time around but I suspect they're going to need to print some new signs because I think there are going to be a lot more supporters this time around" says Vineburg.
Local five's political analyst Tim Dale says Barrett has a lot of work to do in northeast Wisconsin.
He lost Brown County in 2010 and narrowly beat Kathleen Falk in the county Tuesday night.