Campaign Buzz June 5, 2012: Republican Governor Scott Walker Wins Wisconsin Recall Election — Defeats Tom Barrett & Survives Vote


By Bonnie K. Goodman

Ms. Goodman is the Editor of History Musings. She has a BA in History & Art History & a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University. Ms. Goodman has also contributed the overviews, and chronologies in History of American Presidential Elections, 1789-2008, 4th edition, edited by Gil Troy, Fred L. Israel, and Arthur Meier Schlesinger published by Facts on File, Inc. in late 2011.



Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker reacts at his victory party. | AP Photo

The Associated Press declared Walker the winner shortly after 10 p.m. | AP Photo


Scott Walker Defeats Tom Barrett in Wisconsin Recall: Embattled Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker managed to hang onto his job Tuesday when the state’s voters backed the Republican lawmaker in an historic recall election against Democratic challenger Tom Barrett, the mayor of Milwaukee. ABC News projects Walker will win the Wisconsin Recall election.
Walker’s victory over Barrett — his second in the last two years — signaled a massive victory for Republicans in this battleground state which opted for President Barack Obama by nearly 15 percent just four years ago. The recall election, with its fierce debate over how to resolve the country’s budget woes, has been viewed as a possible preview of what to expect this fall when Obama battles GOP nominee Mitt Romney for the Oval Office…. – ABC News Radio, 6-5-12

Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election, 2012Wikipedia

Mitt Romney: “Tonight’s Results Will Echo Beyond The Borders Of Wisconsin”: Mitt Romney made the following statement on Governor Scott Walker’s victory in the today’s Wisconsin recall election:
I congratulate Scott Walker on his victory in Wisconsin. 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. Tonight’s results will echo beyond the borders of Wisconsin. Governor Walker has shown that citizens and taxpayers can fight back – and prevail – against the runaway government costs imposed by labor bosses. 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.

Gov. Scott Walker in Victory Speech: “Tonight, we tell Wisconsin, we tell our country, and we tell people all across the globe that voters really do want leaders who stand up and make the tough decisions. Tomorrow is the day after the election and tomorrow we are no longer opponents. Tomorrow we are one as Wisconsinites.”

  • Live Coverage of Wisconsin Recall: Walker Survives Recall Vote, Networks Project: Scott Walker, the embattled Republican governor of Wisconsin, narrowly survived a recall vote on Tuesday, television networks project, defeating a union-led effort to remove him from office…. – NYT, 6-5-12
  • Scott Walker retains governorship in Wisconsin recall race: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker retained his governorship Tuesday night, besting Democrat Tom Barrett in a race that was a referendum on Walker’s decision to take on public employee unions.
    Walker led Barrett, who was the governor’s 2010 opponent and is the current mayor of Milwaukee, 54 to 45 percent with 83 percent of precincts reporting. Walker beat Barrett in 2010, 52 to 46.5 percent…. – ABC, Yahoo News, 6-6-12
  • Wisconsin recall: Scott Walker wins: A two-year saga of recall elections, public demonstrations, litigation and legislative walkouts drew to a finish Tuesday as Wisconsin voters turned out in massive numbers and voted to keep Republican Gov. Scott Walker in office.
    A half-dozen states cast ballots today in House and Senate primary elections, but it was on Wisconsin — the site of a historic Democratic campaign to oust a sitting governor — where the eyes of the political world were trained.
    The Associated Press declared Walker the winner shortly after 10 p.m. Television networks initially reported that exit polling showed the race was “too close to call,” and the final margin remains to be seen. But with 87 percent of the vote in, Walker led Barrett by a wider-than-expected 9 points, 54 percent to 45 percent, in a victory Republicans quickly brandished as a seal of approval for conservative governance…. – Politico, 6-5-12
  • Walker Survives Wisconsin Recall Vote: The victory by Gov. Scott Walker ensures that Republicans largely retain control of Wisconsin, as Mr. Walker’s fast-rising political profile is likely to soar among conservatives…. – NYT, 6-6-12Complete Coverage of the Wisconsin Recall Vote
  • Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker survives recall vote: Republican Gov. Scott Walker fended off a challenge from Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D), according to exit polls, handing a victory to the GOP in a battle over collective bargaining rights and budget-cutting.
    The race has drawn national attention and is likely to have repercussions for both parties in the fall…. – WaPo, 6-5-12
  • Wisconsin governor beats recall: Republican Scott Walker retains office: Wisconsin’s embattled Republican governor, Scott Walker, has defeated an effort by labor unions and Democratic activists to end his tenure early, according to early results and exit polls…. – LAT, 6-5-12
  • CBS News: Scott Walker wins Wisconsin recall election: First-term Republican Gov. Scott Walker will win the Wisconsin recall election, CBS News estimates, beating back a labor-backed effort to unseat and again handing defeat to his Democratic challenger, 58-year-old Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett…. – CBS News, 6-5-12
  • Wisconsin outcome signals opportunity for Romney: Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s recall victory in Wisconsin sets the stage for what’s now expected to be a hard-fought presidential battle for this Midwestern state…. – The Seattle Times, 6-6-12
  • Analysis: Wisconsin now less easy for Obama, but still not easy for Romney: Republicans scored a decisive victory Tuesday in the bitter Wisconsin recall election as Gov. Scott Walker beat back Democratic challenger Tom Barrett and his organized labor allies to keep his seat in Madison. But will it matter in November?… – CNN, 6-6-12
  • Walker is first US governor to survive recall vote: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker beat back a recall challenge Tuesday, winning both the right to finish his term and a voter endorsement of his strategy to curb state spending, which included the explosive measure that…. – San Jose Mercury News, AP, 6-6-12
  • Wisconsin’s Walker makes history surviving recall election: * Walker is first US governor to survive recall * Victory is blow for labor unions * Vote boosts Republican hopes in presidential election * Test of strength between unions and conservatives…. – Reuters, 6-6-12
  • GOP’s Wisconsin win signals opportunity for Romney, challenge for Obama in competitive state: Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s recall victory in Wisconsin sets up what’s now expected to be a hard-fought presidential battle for the Midwestern state. Walker’s solid victory serves as a warning for President Barack Obama…. – WaPo, 6-6-12 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…. – LAT, 6-6-12
  • Does Walker’s victory pave the way for the GOP in 2012?Politico Arena, 6-6-12
  • Uncompromised: Why Scott Walker Survived His Recall: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks during an event to at the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. Scott Walker’s triumph in Wisconsin Tuesday night, beating out Democratic challenger Tom Barrett…. – Time, 6-5-12
  • Obama camp: Recall result not what they had hoped — The Seattle Times, 6-6-12
  • Wisconsin’s union battler Walker is Republican starReuters, 6-6-12
  • Walker to mend political divide with brats, beerAP, 6-6-12
  • Wisconsin recall: Scott Walker and Rebecca Kleefisch crush the unions againWashington Times, 6-6-12
  • Wisconsin voters divided on bargaining, governor: Talk about a sharply divided electorate. Gov. Scott Walker won Tuesday’s recall election by topping his Democratic challenger, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, among independents, according to exit poll results in the state…. –, 6-6-12
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