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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker prevailed in a recall election Tuesday, dealing a blow to organized labor, unsettling President Barack Obama's re-election strategy and signaling to Republican lawmakers across the nation that challenging government unions could pay political and fiscal dividends.
Mr. Walker had 58% of the vote with 62% of the state's precincts reporting, while his opponent, Tom Barrett, the Democratic mayor of Milwaukee, had 42%. Turnout was said to be heavy.
The vote capped a contentious 15-month battle that polarized Wisconsin, long a centrist state, with union members and Democrats protesting angrily against Mr. Walker's signing in March 2011 of a law removing most collective-bargaining rights from public employees....
I live in Wisconsin and am very proud of wisconsin for standing up for whats right.First the recall was stupid to began with and half the people voting for Tom Barret couldnt even tell you why all the knew was they didnt like tha fact tha Mr. Walker is making everyone become accoutable for there financial situations and to get us to stop living beyond our means.Not just as individuals but our government as well. Did I mention Scott walker balanced the budget for the state in 1 year (306million dollars) by making cuts to failed programs, goverment funded abortions and other things that we were being unfairly taxed for. Instead of wasting more money(130million dollars) trying to recall him they should have started a fundraising to get him to run for president.!
This is really meaningless as far as future outcomes of elections, it is a hopeful sign that in Wisconsin a little bit of rationality remains with the voters. No matter either if the majority approved --or disapproved-- what Walker has done, it wasn't malfeasance in office. The majority didn't see that to have happened.
If stupidity, wrong policies, or ineptitude were a cause to remove a government official, President Bumbling Baby Bush would have been removed after being six months in office.