Walker Survives Recall Election in Wisconsin

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Barrett concedes to Walker in recall

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has conceded to Republican Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin's historic recall election.

   Barrett addressed supporters in Milwaukee and thanked them for their dedication to his campaign and to the petitions that triggered the recall.

   Barrett says Wisconsin is deeply divided, and it's up to both Republicans and Democrats to listen to one another.

   He says he hopes both sides will come together.

   Walker says he wants lawmakers to meet next week over burgers and brats to talk about ways to bridge the political divide.


WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says voters want leaders who "stand up and make tough decisions."

Walker spoke late Tuesday to a crowd of supporters at his campaign headquarters in Waukesha. During his remarks, the crowd erupted into chants of "Thank you, Scott!"

Walker defeated Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett to become the first governor in U.S. history to survive a recall election.

He says he wants to invite lawmakers to gather over burgers and brats as soon as next week to talk about ways to bridge the political divide that has gripped the state for more than a year.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- 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.

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  • by jeff on Jun 6, 2012 at 02:02 PM
    The liberal agenda is crumbling apart. Its 2012 the days of cutting budget are here, not raising taxes. Its good that Walker actually stood up for this. Now lets do the same for the guy in the white house.
  • by Dave Location: Milwaukee on Jun 6, 2012 at 06:30 AM
    Tom, try not to be bitter and blame the voters who stood their ground. The majority of the state voted for Walker, again. This is 2012, not the railroad days of 1912. Move on, go to your job, and earn your paycheck like the rest of us do.
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      by Douglas on Jun 6, 2012 at 01:12 PM in reply to Dave
      It was only 4% difference in the vote.
  • by Jeff on Jun 6, 2012 at 05:46 AM
  • by Tom Location: Rockford on Jun 5, 2012 at 09:37 PM
    So when they prosecute him and he's gone anyway, they should charge every one that voted for him to pay for the election.
  • by Tom on Jun 5, 2012 at 09:02 PM
    The problem when you lie (walker), it's all on tape somewhere, and it's a shame your out of state money which you outspent your opponent 7 to 1, gets seen and believed more than the behind the scenes lies (ie. divide and conquer, not really making tough budget decisions. When you take away collective bargaining and lose jobs and are last in the nation in jobs, but pull up your own numbers, tax cut for the wealthy to create a deficit where there wasn't one, and balance it with your "tough decisions" by savaging education, you're making decisions that really had nothing to do with the budget. Cutting collective bargaining separately AFTER unions made financial concessions (you know the ones ACTUALLY necessary to balance the budget) does not in itself help the budget. It helps power over future situations, where you can still underpay your unions in times of prosperity and divide and conquer. Good luck when everyone runs out of state for better jobs and schools, like you accuse Ill. of
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      by Pam on Jun 6, 2012 at 08:57 AM in reply to Tom
      Run out of the state????? Hell. I live in Illinois and I want to RUN TO THE STATE OF WISCONSIN!!! The schools here are horrible and now Chicago teachers are threatening to strike and are demaining a 30% pay raise in two years. SERIOUSLY???!!!! HURRAY FOR WALKER, and thank you people of Wisconsin who stood behind him!! This is the beginning of something great!
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        by Douglas on Jun 6, 2012 at 01:11 PM in reply to Pam
        Chicago Schools DONOT recieve their money from the State like the rest of the district.
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      by Tim on Jun 6, 2012 at 11:24 AM in reply to Tom
      Tom's comment is more proof that the terms liberal and whiny-crybaby are completely interchangeable. Maybe if Illinois could get a governor with a spine we too could dig ourselves out of the pit the state democrats have put us in.
  • by Dave Location: Madison on Jun 5, 2012 at 07:53 PM
    Sweet!! Nice job Walker, thanks for not backing down!! Its about time someone stood up to these unions. Unions served a purpose back in the day but its time to move on..
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      by Douglas on Jun 6, 2012 at 01:09 PM in reply to Dave
      Do you really think that being without unions is going to help? In Wisconsin they will be returning to the Good Ole Boy Club, they will not stop with the public workers and teachers union but all of them. Then they can open the employee stores and slowly erode the working man salaries and benefits. One thing the lawmakers are not looking at is this when the workers can no longer pay taxes because the Big Companies own everything again like they did before unions what are the states going to do for money?
  • by Ron Location: Rockford on Jun 5, 2012 at 07:30 PM
    Hopefully, this will be the beginning of the end of the unions stranglehold on the public.
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