National Right to Work Constitutional Amendment is next.
Sixty million dollars in campaign spending and 15 months of protests later, Wisconsin voters decided Tuesday that Republican Gov. Scott Walker should keep his job after all. With over 60 percent of the precincts reporting, he held a 15-point lead over Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, 57 percent to 42 percent, and was projected to win by the major news networks.
With turnout in this special election reaching presidential levels, the writing is on the wall for Obama this November.
On the local level, this race was all about Walker, a first-term governor who curtailed collective bargaining “rights” (these were hardly a right. they are a privilege) for public workers in order to balance the budget.
But along the way, and much to national Democrats’ chagrin, the race flowed beyond the Badger State’s borders. Republicans saw Walker as the champion for cutting budgets and removing unions from the public sphere, a constituency that traditionally favors the Democrats. A win for Walker emboldens his colleagues. And that was a top concern among many Barrett supporters as they went to the polls Tuesday. “A lot of Republicans will feel encouraged,” said Nathaniel Ragatz, a former student, outside his Milwaukee polling place.
“I think it will give other states more momentum to possibly do the same thing,” said Richard Miller-Dillon outside his Milwaukee polling place, where Barrett had cast his vote just a few hours earlier. Miller-Dillon and his wife, Kathleen, a state university employee, voted for Barrett, they said, to express their opposition toward Walker. “I think . . . many other states will see this as a victory for traditional conservatism” if Walker wins, said Kathleen. “It will prove to be a real hard battle here. It will show that the state really has gone more red than blue”
While the win for Walker by no means guarantees victory for Mitt Romney in November, Republicans activated their ground game here months earlier than they would have in any other general election year, which could boost the GOP challenger in a state that has voted Democratic in every presidential race since 1984 — though by close margins in 2000 and 2004.
While most Walker supporters interviewed by RCP at different polling places believed the race held national overtones, energizing Republicans and the conservative base heading into the fall election, Nearly everyone understands that this result spells BIG trouble for Obama this November.