Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Wisconsin Voters Re-elected Both Republican Governor Walker And Lt. Governor Kleefisch In Recall Election

Governor Scott Walker

Governor Scott Walker (R) defeated Democratic challenger Tom Barrett for a second time.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 6, 2012

Madison - On Tuesday, both Republican Governor Scott Walker and Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch were re-elected by a majority of Wisconsin voters in the historic recall election. Governor Scott Walker (R), received 1,334,430 votes or 53% and Tom Barrett (D), 1,161,870 with 46% of 100% of precincts reporting.
In the Lt. Governor race, Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch (R), received 1,300,184 votes or 53% and Mahlon Mitchell (D), 1,154,515 with 47% of 100% precincts reporting.
Walker became the first Governor to win a recall election. Democratic challenger Tom Barrett conceded early and called Walker to congratulate him.
Two Republican incumbent State Senators, Scott Fitzgerald and Terry Moulton who were being recall also won re-election and Jerry Patrowski (R) who ran for the Senate for the first time also was declared the winner. Van Wanggaard, another Republican incumbent being recall in the Senate District 21 was defeated by John W. Lehman (D) who was declared the winner. Lehman's victory shifts the control of the Senate to Democrats by 17-16 seats.
In 2011, Wanggaard defeated Lehman who served from 2007 to 2011 in the Senate. With Lehman's win, Republicans and Governor Scott Walker's political agenda will be difficult to continue without bipartisan support.
Democrats in the past recall elections have gained three seats by successfully electing Jen Shilling, Jessica King, including Lehman to reclaim the State Senate.
All national news major outlets began reporting early that Walker had defeated Barrett at 53% of precincts reporting with merely less than a million votes counted in Wisconsin. As it turned out later, Walker and Kleefisch were re-elected and the state legislature control is split with Republicans in control of the State Assembly and Democrats taking control of the State Senate.

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