Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Walker Survives Recall; Thanks God for 'Abundant Grace'

Gov. Scott Walker easily survived his recall election brought on by organized labor in Wisconsin on Tuesday by winning 54 percent of the vote against his Democrat rival, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett who came away with 45 percent.

"First of all, … I want to thank God for His abundant grace. Next, I particularly want to thank not only all of you here, but people all across the state. I want to thank you for your prayers," Walker told supporters.
It was the third time in the nation's history that a sitting governor had to face a recall vote and the election was not confined to Wisconsin, as groups on both sides of the issue saw the race as a preview of what may happen in November.
Early estimates put total spending in the race above $65 million, much of it coming from outside the state.
Although the contest was bitter from beginning to end, Walker offered a conciliatory tone in his remarks when declaring victory.
"The election is over. It's time to move Wisconsin forward," Walker told the crowd gathered at his headquarters. "Tomorrow we are all Wisconsinites."


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