So the long and short of it is: after out spending challenger Tom Barrett on a scale of 8 to 1, Gov. Scott Walker remains the governor in Wisconsin. With 99% of the vote in, Walker beat Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) by
seven percentage points, 53%-46%, which was almost identical to the
margin in their 2010 contest.
What apparently helped Walker – besides 75% of his campaign money coming from out of state – was 60% in exit polls said that recalls are legitimate only for official misconduct, which they didn’t feel was the case here.
However, a couple of bright spots for Democrats from the evening:
1. The Obama White House and Chicago campaign headquarters can take
comfort that the exit poll shows Obama beating Romney by seven points,
51%-44%, and it even shows him slightly ahead of Romney on improving the
2. Wisconsin Democrats appeared to have assumed control of the state Senate with
results posted early Wednesday showing former Sen. John Lehman
(D-Racine) defeating incumbent Van Wanggaard in a tight race.