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Monday, July 13, 2015

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Walker's announcement: Setting the scene


Scott Walker's backers have been filing into the Waukesha County Expo Center ahead of this afternoon's announcement.

Large screens are projecting old family photos of Walker and his family, as well as shots of him at campaign events.

It is the same site where Walker celebrated successfully beating back a recall attempt on June 5, 2012.

Wooden paneling has been mounted on large sections of the expo center's wall. Huge silver letters spelling out Walker's name -- with an American flag where the "e" should be -- fill the stage backdrop.

Dozens of reporters from around the state and the country are setting up tripods, recorders, cameras and laptops in anticipation of the event. Buntings drape the circular balconies surrounding the main floor, where a podium, perched at the end of a long blue-carpeted runway leading from the stage, awaits the governor.

Members of the audience on the fringes of the crowd appeared excited for Walker to take the stage, if weary of talking to members of the media at a rally for the governor’s presidential announcement today. The throngs filed past dozens of news outlets, national and local, on the way to an already packed main floor.

Mark Eskritt of Hubertus said he intends to vote for Walker in the GOP primary, and expressed optimism at the governor’s chances of winning the Republican nomination. He said he does not agree with Walker on everything, but can see his point of view on many issues.

“He’s a very good politician,” Eskritt said. “He’s got his eye on the issues, and I think people are going to buy into what he’s saying.”

-- By Kay Nolan and Samantha Nash

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