In the regularly scheduled Wisconsin gubernatorial election, Scott Walker bested Tom Barrett by 124,638 votes, winning with 1,126,941 votes. The margin was 52.29% to 46.52%.
Current returns show Walker roughly
180,000 171,000 votes ahead, with 53.4% 53.2% of the vote. Barrett can console himself that his 2012 tally puts him only a few thousand votes behind Walker’s 2010 tally boast that he’s running ahead of Walker’s 2010 tally, but Walker is running about 177,000 190,000 votes ahead of his previous showing.
There still are some precincts outstanding, so
it is possible Barrett’s final tally will has put him ahead of Walker’s 2010 tally, but this time around it isn’t enough. Will turnout up, Walker is running well ahead of his 2010 tally–and yet some folks think democracy died last night in Wisconsin:
Also via Instapundit. Do hope Jerry was listening tonight from Sacramento. The folks in Wisconsin could teach the government of California a thing or two about balancing state budgets and getting the economy going again.
I heard Governor Walker’s speech tonight and thought the Republican showed a lot of class, ending by praising his opponent, quieting those trying to boo the Milwaukee Mayor and saying that “tomorrow, we all go forward as Wisconsinites.”
Kudos, Governor. You fought hard, acknowledged your mistakes and won with grace. And provided a great victory for fiscal conservatives and the Republican Party.
or include this about hubris–http://chicagoboyz.net/archives/30297.html