Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Wisconsin Recall Elections: A GOP Win-Barely

By holding on to four of its six contested state Senate seats, Gov. Scott Walker’s party maintained its majority and a right to claim victory. But that majority is a now precarious one-seat advantage.

E. J. Dionne points out that "Still, this was small comfort compared to what might have been. If only about 1,100 votes had switched in the closest contest, Democrats would have won the extra Senate seat they needed and would now be celebrating their use of Walker’s frontal attack on the collective-bargaining rights of public employees to produce a political realignment.

“You’ve earned this, Wisconsin Democrats. Tonight’s results cost you twenty million, and you didn’t reach your primary objective. Enjoy,” said the conservative blog RedState on Tuesday evening.

Democrats still plan to move ahead with an effort to recall Walker himself. That can’t start until November, under state law. Democrats said that at the least they had begun to take the fight to the other side.

“The fact of the matter remains that, fighting on Republican turf, we have begun the work of stopping the Scott Walker agenda,” said Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate.
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