Walker wins Wisconsin; major blow to public sector unions

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has dealt a major blow to public sector unions by decisively winning a recall vote over Democratic Party challenger Tom Barrett, the former mayor of Milwaukee, whom Walker beat in the general election two years ago.  With 45 percent of the vote counted, Walker had garnered 58 percent of the ballots cast.  His efforts to cut the budget, which included asking public sector unions to contribute more to their benefits package last year, led to a petition movement by unions that ultimately resulted in today’s recall vote.  But Walker beat back the challenge, a rarity for governors, who have had a track record of losing recall votes across the nation in recent years.

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