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.
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.