Great Scott! Walker Wins Recall, Romney Nabs Five-State Sweep

At approximately 9:55 PM local time, victory was projected for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his Lieutenant Governor, Rebecca Kleefisch.

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%.

Tonight, Governor Romney won a five-state sweep.

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.)

It was a tremendous night for Republicans! The after-shocks will be felt all the way to November. Thanks to all who contributed in any way to make tonight’s victories possible.

Only one more GOP primary remains. On June 26, the honor goes to Utah.


Governor Scott Walker


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Eight Florida Legislators Endorse Gov Mitt Romney

Fantastic news is wafting on summer breezes from The Sunshine State today…

Eight Florida legislators are supporting Governor Romney:

I am honored to receive the endorsements of so many great legislators in the Sunshine State,” said Romney on Thursday. “I look forward to working with these leaders to put Floridians and all Americans back to work, turn around the economy and make Barack Obama a one-term president.”

Romney announced the support of five state senators — J.D. Alexander, Mike Bennett, Anitere Flores, Evelyn Lynn and Stephen Wise. He also received the backing of three members of the Florida House — Daniel Davis, Shawn Harrison and Ed Hooper.

Alexander, the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, pointed to Romney’s fiscal record.

Mitt Romney has the experience to put our financial house back in order,” said Alexander. “While he was governor, he balanced the budget without raising taxes and was a job creator. His experience in both business and government is exactly what we need to get the economy turned around.”

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Welcome aboard, Florida Eight!

► Jayde Wyatt