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    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has survived a recall election

    Walker Survives Recall Election in Wisconsin
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has survived a recall election, defeating the Democratic mayor of Milwaukee to keep the state's top political job.

    Scott Bauer, Associated Press
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has survived a recall election, defeating the Democratic mayor of Milwaukee to keep the state's top political job. Walker becomes the first governor in American history to stay in office after a recall challenge.

    The Republican governor rose to national prominence last year after taking on public-sector unions shortly after being sworn in. That fight also triggered the recall and set up a rematch with Tom Barrett, who was defeated by Walker in 2010.
    Walker argued his policies were necessary to confront the state's budget problems.
    The loss is a blow to Democrats and to unions that spent millions to oust Walker.

    Walker Survives Recall Election in Wisconsin

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    Way to go wisconsin!

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    The loss is a blow to Democrats and to unions that spent millions to oust Walker.
    Love it!

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    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Breaking news, sports, business, watchdog journalism in Wisconsin
    June 05, 2012 - 09:34PM CT
    Wisconsin - 1997 of 3424 Precincts Reporting - 58%
    Name Party Votes Vote %
    Walker , Scott (i) GOP 711,939 57%
    Barrett , Tom Dem 523,870 42%
    Trivedi , Hari Ind 7,233 1%

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    Vos: The Silent Majority has spoken

    By Bill Glauber of the Journal Sentinel
    June 5, 2012 9:21 p.m.

    Waukesha - State Rep. Robin Vos (R-Burlington) said Tuesday night there was a silent majority in the state that "was silent until today."

    "And the results can be called nothing less than deafening," Vos said.

    "I have no doubt that when we see the final results, the silent majority got their one chance to speak at the ballot box and we are going to be able to see those results, which I think by the end of the night will see the vast majority of Wisconsinites believe that we should move forward," said Vos, co-chiar of the powerful Joint Finance Committee. "Which means no more recalls. Let Gov. Walker complete his term. And let's get back to work."

    Vos: The Silent Majority has spoken - JSOnline!page=2&pageSize=10&sort=newestfirst

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    Hooya! Way to go Wisconsin!
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    Scott Walker wins Wisconsin recall election

    CBS News: Scott Walker wins Wisconsin recall election

    Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker waits in line to vote Tuesday, June 5, 2012, in Wauwatosa, Wis.

    Updated 10:55 p.m. Eastern Time

    First-term Republican Gov. Scott Walker will win the Wisconsin recall election, CBS News estimates, beating back a labor-backed effort to unseat him and again handing defeat to his Democratic challenger, 58-year-old Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

    With 70 percent of the expected vote in, Walker led Barrett 57 percent to 42 percent. The Barrett campaign has not conceded the race.

    "it's time to put our differences aside and find ways to work together to move Wisconsin forward," Walker told the Associated Press after his victory became clear. The 44-year-old Walker -- the first governor in U.S. history to survive a recall election -- added that the win "feels good."

    The recall fight, prompted by Walker's decision to strip Wisconsin public workers of their collective bargaining rights, has doubled as a proxy fight over whether Republicans can push through spending cuts and confront organized labor - and live to tell about it.

    "Governor Walker has demonstrated over the past year what sound fiscal policies can do to turn an economy around, and I believe that in November voters across the country will demonstrate that they want the same in Washington, D.C.," presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said. "Tonight's results will echo beyond the borders of Wisconsin." The Romney campaign said the former Massachusetts governor called Walker to congratulate him Tuesday evening.

    According to the Center for Public Integrity, candidates and outside groups spent in excess of $63 million on the recall election - an enormous figure that easily breaks the previous record of $37.4 million (set in the 2010 gubernatorial contest) for spending in a Wisconsin election. According to the New York Times, Walker and his Republican allies spent $45.6 million on the race as of May 21, while Barrett and his allies have spent $17.9 million.
    Turnout had been expected to exceed the 2010 election total, with an estimated 2.8 million people expected to cast ballots. Reports emerged from Wisconsin Tuesday of robocalls informing voters, falsely, they don't have to vote if they signed the recall petition, among other attempts to depress turnout among Barrett voters using false information. The Walker campaign said in response to the reports that "any accusation that our campaign is making those calls is categorically false and unfounded."

    Early CBS News exit polls found that 51 percent of voters in Wisconsin approve of how Walker has handled the issue of collective bargaining, and 52 percent approve of how he has handled job creation. Fifty percent said they approved of the recent changes to state law that limits collective bargaining for government workers, while 48 percent disapproved of these changes.

    Fifty-two percent of Wisconsin voters in the early exit polls said they have a favorable view of unions for government workers -- a group that largely backed the recall -- while 43 percent have an unfavorable opinion of these unions.

    The early exit polls showed Barrett winning handily among union households, while Walker dominated among Tea Party voters. While independents backed Walker over Barrett by 14 points in 2010, the two effectively tied among independents this time around. The polls showed Walker winning with men and those making more than $50,000, and Barrett winning among women and those making less than $50,000 per year.
    Walker dominated Barrett in the money race this time around thanks in large part to donors from outside the state. As of campaign filings released on May 29, Walker had raised $30.5 million, with about two-thirds of that total coming from donors outside Wisconsin. Barrett had raised roughly $4 million, with about one-fourth coming from outside the state. Part of the disparity can be explained by the fact that Walker, as a sitting governor facing recall, is not subject to the state's legal limits on campaign contributions under Wisconsin law. Barrett, by contrast, was legally barred from accepting contributions in excess of $10,000 per person.

    The rest of the spending in the race has been from outside ideological groups. The Tea Party-linked group Americans for Prosperity alone told CBS News it has spent $10 million on the race since January 2011 on what it says is education over the positive impact of Walker's budget reform efforts.

    The effort to recall Walker effectively began last February. That's when the newly-elected governor, who had defeated Barrett in the 2010 election, released a budget plan that proposed elimination of most public employee bargaining rights.

    Walker had suggested during his 2010 campaign that he would close the state's $3.6 billion budget shortfall in part through cuts to public employee pensions, but he said nothing about eliminating collective bargaining rights. His announcement in February galvanized many on the left, who began chanting "Recall Walker" at the Wisconsin statehouse as part of massive protests against the plan. Wisconsin Senate Democrats even temporarily fled the state in an ultimately futile effort to keep Walker's plan from being passed.

    In January, Walker's opponents submitted more than 900,000 valid signatures to the state to trigger the recall election, far more than the 540,208 needed to do so. Barrett won the Democratic primary last month, beating organized labor's preferred candidate, and went on to promise to "end this civil war" by defeating Walker.

    Walker defeated Barrett by nearly six points in the 2010 Wisconsin gubernatorial race.

    Sixty percent of Wisconsin voters said in early CBS News exit polls that recall elections are only appropriate for official misconduct. Twenty-eight percent said they think they are suitable for any reason, while nine percent think they are never appropriate.

    President Obama did not campaign for Barrett, prompting grumbling from some Wisconsin Democrats and labor leaders. Among those who did was former President Bill Clinton, who said a Walker victory would prompt Republicans around the nation to conclude: "We're finally going to break every union in America. We're going to break every government in America. We're going to stop worrying about the middle class. We don't give a rip whether poor people will get to work their way into it. We've got our way now. We've got it all. Divide and conquer works."

    Republicans called the race a test of whether they can push through the difficult reforms needed to deal with massive federal, state and local budget deficits.

    "Governor Walker has shown that citizens and taxpayers can fight back - and prevail - against the runaway government costs imposed by labor bosses," Romney said Tuesday evening. "Tonight voters said 'no' to the tired, liberal ideas of yesterday, and 'yes' to fiscal responsibility and a new direction. I look forward to working with Governor Walker to help build a better, brighter future for all Americans."

    Mr. Obama won Wisconsin by 14 points in 2008, but the recall fight has Republicans suggesting it may be within reach for Romney. The early exit polls found that Mr. Obama led Romney 51 percent to 45 percent among voters in the recall election.

    In the exit polls, 53 percent of Barrett's supporters say their vote today was mainly for their candidate, while 45 percent say it was against his opponents. Among Walker's supporters, about nine in 10 describe their vote as mainly for Walker -- only 8 percent say their vote was mainly against his opponents.

    While Republicans held a major advantage on the airwaves thanks to the massive spending by Walker and his backers, Democrats had a big advantage in organization on the ground, thanks in part to a get-out-the-vote effort backed by organized labor. Walker's victory suggests that the newly-legal unlimited spending by super PACs and other outside groups - which was unleashed by a pair of recent Supreme Court decisions, including Citizens United - can overcome the ground game Democrats have steadily built up around the nation in recent years.

    While a loss may well have effectively ended Walker's political career, his victory will elevate him to superstar status among conservatives and likely prompt talk of a presidential run. It also feeds the notion that the influence of organized labor - which made the governor's defeat a top priority - continues to wane.
    Also facing recall on Tuesday were the state's Republican lieutenant governor, Rebecca Kleefisch, and four Republican state senators. If Democrats successfully recall one of the GOP state senators, they will win a majority in the Wisconsin Senate and be able to block Walker's agenda even though he remains in office.
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    With 70 percent of the expected vote in, Walker led Barrett 57 percent to 42 percent.
    If these numbers hold, it means Walker won with a LANDSLIDE.

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    But but but didn't the mainstream media report it was going to be close?
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    Wisconsin Gov. Walker overcomes recall effort

    Republicans turn out in droves to deliver labor and Democrats a big loss.

    Results don't bode well for President Obama.

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker celebrates his victory in Waukesha. (Morry Gash, Associated Press / June 5, 2012)

    By Bob Secter and David Lauter, Los Angeles Times June 5, 2012, 10:48 p.m.

    MILWAUKEE — Wisconsin's Republican governor, Scott Walker, handily defeated an effort by labor unions and Democratic activists to end his tenure early, surviving a recall contest that capped more than a year of political turmoil and deep division in the state.

    With nearly all of the vote counted, Walker had 53% to 46% for his Democratic challenger, Tom Barrett, the mayor of Milwaukee.

    The recall race was anxiously watched by strategists in both parties as a possible harbinger of the presidential election, and the outcome was a major defeat for Democrats and their labor union allies. The heavy turnout of conservatives and voters in Republican strongholds suggested that at least here, the 2012 electorate continues to look much like the one that delivered power to the GOP in 2010.

    Unions led the recall effort after Walker pushed a bill through the state Legislature last year that sharply limited collective bargaining rights for teachers and most other government workers. Union supporters staged massive demonstrations in Madison, the capital, last spring. Early this year, they turned in more than 900,000 signatures on recall petitions, setting up only the third recall election of a governor in U.S. history.

    But Walker fought back, arguing that he had made the "tough choices" needed to balance the state's budget and free school districts from excessive costs. Those arguments found a receptive audience among many Wisconsin residents who felt that in hard economic times, public employees were asking for too much. Walker repeated that argument in a victory speech Tuesday night, saying that with their votes, Wisconsin residents had told "people all across the globe that voters really do want leaders who stand up and make the tough decisions."

    One such voter, Roberta Komor, a secretary at a law firm who lives in the Milwaukee suburb of Wauwatosa, said she had voted for Barrett two years ago, but this time went for Walker. Unions "need to learn about shared sacrifice" as workers in the private sector see their benefits and wages cut, she said.

    While he was not on the ballot, the results — particularly the size of Walker's victory — had to be considered a sign of trouble for President Obama in a state he badly needs to carry in November. In the days leading up to Tuesday's election, Walker strategists had boasted they were using the recall to build a voter-turnout operation that would boost the fortunes of Republicans across Wisconsin. That turnout machine will now go to work for Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.

    Romney was swift to congratulate Walker. "Tonight's results will echo beyond the borders of Wisconsin," he said in a statement. "Gov. Walker has shown that citizens and taxpayers can fight back — and prevail — against the runaway government costs imposed by labor bosses."

    Walker, however, had a couple of major advantages that Romney may lack this fall. In particular, the governor used his status as a hero to conservatives nationwide to raise about $30 million. A feature of the state's recall law allowed him to take in unlimited contributions from supporters, many of them from out of state.

    Outside groups on both sides poured money into the race, making the recall by far the most expensive election in Wisconsin history. With more than $60 million spent overall — the full total will not be known for several weeks — Walker and groups supporting him had close to a 3-to-1 financial advantage over groups supporting Barrett.

    Another advantage for Walker appeared to be distaste for recalls on the part of some voters. An exit poll conducted for news organizations showed that about 6 in 10 of Tuesday's voters felt recalls should be used only in cases of official misconduct.

    In a concession to his critics, Walker said in his speech that last year he had "rushed in" because of the urgency of the state's problems and had taken action without talking with people. "Looking ahead," he said, "it's important to do both."

    The exit poll also showed that a majority of voters would have voted for Obama had the election been held Tuesday.

    The passions generated by the recall campaign could be seen in long lines at many polling places even as the closing time hit at 8 p.m. Many first-time voters were waiting to sign up in a state that allows same-day registration and voting. Election officials said those in line by closing time would be allowed to cast ballots, and 90 minutes later many were still queued up as networks began calling the race for Walker.

    Some Milwaukee precincts nearly ran out of ballots and had to send out for more.

    "I think we're having presidential [election] turnout," said Kenosha County Clerk Mary Schuch-Krebs as she watched voters flood to polling places in her southeastern county along the Illinois state line.

    Tuesday's battle was effectively a redo of the 2010 race for governor between Walker and Barrett. Walker won that race by 5 percentage points. This time around, with a larger turnout overall, he improved his vote total in many swing counties while building on his strength in Republican strongholds such as Waukesha County, just west of Milwaukee, where he was winning over 70% of the vote.

    Walker's lieutenant governor, Rebecca Kleefisch, a former Milwaukee television news reporter and anchor, also faced a recall challenge — from Democrat Mahlon Mitchell, head of the state firefighters union. She was winning by a margin similar to Walker's.

    Four Republican state senators also were defending their seats. Just one GOP loss in those contests would transfer control of the state senate to Democrats. In theory that could hold the potential to thwart Walker, but the Legislature is out of session and not scheduled to meet until after the November elections, when Republicans will have another shot at regaining power.

    The Republicans appeared to be holding their seats, based on partial returns.

    In Kenosha, veteran poll workers said they had seen many first-time voters come in to register before casting ballots, including a man in his 80s.

    Many voters seemed relieved the election had finally come, and voiced disgust with the recall process. "There are too many recall elections that have been going on in the state and it needs to be stopped," said Carolyn Gral, a Walker supporter and homemaker.
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