Scott Walker wins Wisconsin recall; how the Wisconsin vote highlights the importance of the vote heading into the 2012 presidential election
The presidential race isn’t the only hot political competition this year. The Wisconsin recall election Tuesday, in which Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker became the first governor in U.S. history to survive a recall election, has boosted Republican hopes of beating President Obama in November’s general election. The recall election results also could affect labor relations and politics in other states, as well.
The Wisconsin recall also highlights the importance of voting in this country.
Watch Heather Smith, president of Rock the Vote, talk to genConnect about how the 2012 presidential election is a pivotal moment for voter registration:
“It’s a big moment, when so many people are paying attention to politics, that it’s a huge opportunity for us to bring millions of new people into the process – getting them educated, registered and turn out for election day,” Smith said.
Tuesday’s Wisconsin recall election came about after massive voter dissatisfaction with the way Walker handled public workers’ collective bargaining rights. On a broader scale, however, the Wisconsin vote has become a fight over whether Republicans can push through spending cuts and confront organized labor, and not pay a price, politically, for it.
Walker won by 8 percentage points over Democratic challenger Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who challenged Walker for the governor’s seat two years ago, as well. Republicans are fired up, since Obama won Wisconsin by 14 percentage points in the 2008 presidential election. Their hope is that Walker’s win could help put Wisconsin in Mitt Romney’s column come November.
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