Put this one down in the history books, folks. Walker became the first governor to survive a recall.
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney called Governor Walker to offer his congratulations. He also released the following statement:
“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.”
In 2008, Barack Obama won Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes, but tonight’s results changes expectations. Republicans will now put some muscle behind an effort to add The Badger State to the Romney win column this November.
Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas, whose county had a turnout of more than 70 percent and supported Walker handily, … predict[ed] “Romney will be here next week. The state went from being leaning blue to leaning red overnight. Gov. Walker put fire in the belly of a lot of people.”
Three of the four Republican state senators involved in the recall also defeated their Democratic opponents by large margins. And, with half of the districts reporting, the fourth senator – incumbent Republican Van Wanggaard – was winning his race against Democrat John Lehman by 55% to 45%.
Victories in New Mexico, New Jersey, Montana, South Dakota, and California added to his delegate total which already exceeds the needed number to win the GOP nomination. (At the time of this posting, delegate count results weren’t available.)
Only one more GOP primary remains. On June 26, the honor goes to Utah.
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