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Wisconsin Votes for Troop Pullout

April 06, 2006|From the Associated Press

MILWAUKEE — Thousands of voters turned out in Wisconsin to offer a purely symbolic but heartfelt message: Bring the troops home from Iraq.

By margins overwhelming in some places and narrow in others, voters in 24 of 32 communities approved referendums Tuesday calling for the withdrawal of American troops.

Joy Kenworthy, 78, of Madison doesn't mind that the nonbinding referendums have no bearing on federal policy. She was one of more than 24,300 voters in the state capital who gave 68% support to a referendum calling for the pullout.

"I thought this war was ill-advised from the moment it started," she said.

Other communities supporting the measures included the Milwaukee suburbs of Shorewood and Whitefish Bay and the western city of La Crosse.

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