Editor’s Note: The battle isn’t being fought in within Washington’s borders, but the drama unfolding in Wisconsin today, as Republican Gov. Scott Walker faces a recall election because of his efforts to loosen the grip of public employee unions in that state, will have short- and long-term impacts in every corner of the United States. The Olympia Report has been posting stories from its partner website, The Wisconsin Reporter, to keep our readers informed.
By THE WISCONSIN REPORTER
MADISON, Wisc. – Gov. Scott Walkeris still governor — and, presumably, will be for at least two more years.
Walker on Tuesday bested Democratic challenger, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, for the second time — becoming the first governor in U.S. history to survive a recall election.
With 93 percent of the state’s 3,424 precincts reporting at 11 p.m. CDT, Walker led 54-46 percent over Barrett with about 2.2 million votes cast. Independent candidate Hari Trivedi had 1 percent of the total.
“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,” Walker said in his victory speech.
“But now it is time to move on and move forward in Wisconsin,” he said.
Barrett conceded defeat around 10 p.m., two hours after polls closed.
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