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February 12, 2016

Wisconsin: Gov. Scott Walker Survives Recall Attempt

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker survived a recall attempt tonight.

Though early exit poll results appeared to show a tight race, the major news networks called the election for the first-term Republican within an hour of the 9 p.m. poll closing.

With 31 percent of the vote in, Walker had 59 percent to Democratic opponent Tom Barrett’s 41 percent.

The race had become something of a proxy for the presidential election, with labor activists hoping their get-out-the-vote efforts could offset Walker’s financial advantage.

Still, President Barack Obama and presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney mostly stayed away from the fray, with the president only sending a tweet Monday that said Barrett would “make an outstanding governor.”


    Not only did Governor Walker “survive” the recall, he carried 60 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties on his way to garnering 53.1 percent of just under 2.5 million votes cast. He finished the day on Tuesday with 171,665 votes more than his opponent. This article doesn’t do ROLL CALL justice because it misleads its readers into thinking that the election was “close.” It was not close. The instigators of the recall turned out to leave the taxpayers of Wisconsin with the tab for a very expensive and altogether unnecessary special election just because they wanted to punish an elected official who was courageous enough to stand up to the threats and extortionist tactics of the state’s public employees’ unions.

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