UPDATE: Walker wins recall election, carries St. Croix, Pierce countiesBy 10:30 p.m. with 87% of precincts reporting statewide, Gov. Scott Walker had 54% of the votes while Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, his Democratic challenger, had 45%.
About an hour after the polls closed, major media were declaring that Republican Gov. Scott Walker had survived the recall attempt.
By 10:30 p.m. with 87% of precincts reporting statewide, Walker had 54% of the votes while Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, his Democratic challenger, had 45%.
“We’re elated over the victory and especially the margin of victory,” St. Croix County Republican Party Chairman Jesse Garza said. “It’s a testament to the voters of Wisconsin who want to keep the state moving forward.”
Axel Bogdan, a 3M product safety specialist who serves on the Kinnickinnic Town Board in St. Croix County, said he was “very excited” by the recall election results, saying they reaffirm that, like Walker’s slogan, “Wisconsin is, and will continue to be, open for business.”
Bogdan said the vote and margin of victory for Walker also seemed like a repudiation of recall elections in general.
“People are saying, ‘Enough is enough.’ Wisconsin still elects its representatives in elections, not in recalls,” Bogdan said. “Now maybe our elected officials can focus on governing.”
Walker carried both Pierce and St. Croix counties.
In Pierce County with all 28 units reporting, Walker had 8,311 votes to Barrett’s 6,736. Walker carried most municipalities, with the exception of the city of River Falls and the village of Maiden Rock.
In St. Croix County, with all 41 units reporting Walker led Barrett 20,884 to 13,172. Walker carried every reporting unit except Wards 9 and 10 in the city of Hudson.
Statewide at 10:30 p.m. Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch led her challenger, Mahlon Mitchell, 54% to 46%. In St. Croix County, Kleefisch had 20,179 votes, and Mitchell had 13,105. In Pierce County Kleefisch finished with 8,057 votes to Mitchell’s 6,602.