This last Tuesday, voters in Wisconsin finally headed to the polls to determine a candidate to run against Scott Walker in this historic recall election. Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett easily defeated all 3 of his opponents. Pulling in 58% of the vote, Barrett’s win was clear and decisive. Fire Fighter and political newcomer, Mahlon Mitchell won the rights to face off against Rebecca Kleefisch for the office of Lt. Governor. Scott Walker was on the ballet as he defended his place on the ticket against 23 year old protester, Arthur Kohl-Riggs. Walker coasted to victory with 97% of the republican vote. Despite all of the energy surrounding the Democratic candidates, it was Scott Walker who rang the battle cry to rally his voters to his side. The Walker administration staged a plan to pull in more votes than all of the Democrats combined. A victory of this nature would have given Walker bragging rights for the next month, and would have delivered a serious blow to the Democratic base. However, despite a strong showing from the hard right wingers of Wisconsin, the numbers did fall in favor of the Democrats. The recall supporters brought in 55,000 more votes that Scott Walker. In a Democratic primary, it would be expected that the Dems would get more votes. However, in this case, Walker is spending millions of dollars to save his job, only to see his poll numbers drop more and more on a consistent basis. Could this be the year that Wisconsin adds another chapter to our progressive history? Time will tell, but the numbers don’t lie. I’m Eric Brant, host of Civil Discourse, because it’s essential for democracy. http://civildiscourse.podomatic.com/player/web/2012-05-06T12_59_55-07_00

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leighmf 2 years 23 weeks ago
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And I'm leighmf here to confirm that "Barrett vs. Walker: Rematch of the Century" means more than you think. But don't worry, it's going to be good eventhough the real match is between a different Barrett and a different Walker.

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