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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

GOP Celebrates Wisconsin Results, Democrats Look For Silver Lining

Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker waves at his victory party Tuesday, in Waukesha, Wis. (AP)

It was an historic victory Tuesday for Wisconsin Republican governor Scott Walker, who soundly defeated his Democratic rival in a recall vote called by his opponents after Walker essentially eliminated bargaining rights for most public workers in the state.

The results leave Republicans largely in control of Wisconsin, and they call into question the strength of labor groups, which had poured resources into the fight.

Outside money played a role in the recall election, with governor Scott out-raising his Democratic rival by nearly 10 to 1. Both pro and anti labor groups across the country are looking closely at Wisconsin as they gear up for November. While there is no doubt that this is a major defeat for the Democratic party and for unions, Obama supporters are pointing to exit polls which show that a majority of Wisconsin voters said they would vote for President Obama over Mitt Romney.

Guest:

  • Rick Klein, senior Washington editor for ABC World News and co-host of the network’s political webcast, “Top Line”

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  • Milo

    What timing on the photo above.  Could be a Sieg Heil, German for “Hail Victory” from Scott Walker.  
    Whereas most people will remember the “Heil Hitler” from the past.

  • It

    It is funny how when a Republican wins the liberals always point to the money but Obama outspent McCain 4-1 and that election was about “Hope”. 

  • fritzrxx

    To think that rejecting the recall means voters embrace all beliefs Republican has no justification.

    While public worker union members are tax payers, they are a minority of tax payers.  Far more tax payers thought Wisconsin’s public employees got too much with no end in sight.  They did not want to face a future unable to cover the tab.

  • Glenna Green

    When your analyst stated that the “Democrats picked this fight” and you didn’t challenge him, my blood pressure soared.  Working people should just roll over and accept whatever crumbs the “job creators” want to spare them?  That the employer in this particular fight is the state of Wisconsin is irrelevant.  They will come after your job, eventually.
    Governor Walker picked this fight. That money can buy enough ads to fool enough voters into blaming the victims of the fight is where the commentary should be focused.

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