Networks Name Republican Gov. Scott Walker Winner Of Wisconsin Recall Race
WISCONSINREPORT.COM (06/05/2012) - Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker became the first U.S. governor to survive a recall vote in the Tuesday, June 5, 2012 Recall election. All major networks projected the winner before all of the results were tabulated and challenger, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett conceded.
Today's technology enabled all major networks to call the election within an hour of the 8:00 pm CDT closing of the polling places throughout the state. In some areas people were still line up to vote. Wisconsin voting allows anyone to vote if they were in line at 8:00 pm. According to reports, NBC projected Walker the winner about 15 minutes before 9 pm, and most other networks soon followed.
Republican Governor Scott Walker retains his seat in the Wisconsin Governor's office, which enables him to fill out the term he was elected to before he signed controversial legislation that many in the state felt unfair. That provoked union members through the state to protest, pouring into the state capital, to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with the newly elected Governor, and the Republican controlled state senate and assembly houses that passed the legislation.
Republican Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch will return to the Lt. Governor's office after winning the recall election over her challenger, Madison firefighter Mahlon Mitchell.
There were three Republican State Senators on the Recall Line Tuesday as well, including the Senate Speaker, Scott Fitzgerald. Voters returned him to power when they chose him over his senate district 13 Democrat challenger.
In the Eau Claire-Chippewa Falls area, Republican State Senator Terry Moulton of Chippewa Falls defeated challenger, former state Assembly Representative Kristen Dexter.
In the Wausau area, Republican State Senator Pam Galloway, who had resigned, was replaced by another Republican, Jerry Petrowski who defeated Donna Seidel for the open seat.
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