Will Scott Walker’s Win Mean Anything For Romney And Obama?

Tuesday Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker survived a recall election against Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett by a vote of 53 percent to 46 percent. Walker, one of three governors in U.S. history to face a recall, is the first ever to come out victorious.

The effort to recall Walker began after the governor approved measures last year to curb collective bargaining rights of state employees in an effort to prevent widespread layoffs. His action sparked massive protests from union supporters in Madison that went on for weeks at the Capitol, and in November, the recall campaign began. Anti-Walker activists eventually collected 900,000 signatures, well over the 540,000 needed to institute a recall.

In the midst of a heated presidential race, much has been made of the Wisconsin election, with some arguing that it serves as a proxy for the upcoming November election. President Barack Obama did not become directly involved in the Wisconsin race and many speculate this is because he didn’t want to entangle himself in a race Democrats were likely to lose.

For the Wisconsin outcome to benefit Romney, the candidate must keep up the grassroots momentum built by the governor and turn it into support in November, says U.S. News’s Ford O’Connell.

Read more from Teresa Welsh at U.S. News & World Report

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published this page in In The News 2012-06-06 16:00:00 -0400
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