NBC News, Fox News, and CNN have now all officially projected a win in WIsconsin for incumbent Republican Governor Scott Walker. The exit polling from just hours ago suggested an extremely tight race, deadlocked at 50/50, and seemed to point to a protracted night of parsing election returns, but at least for the governor’s office (there are still three GOP state senators facing recall) it appears to be a win for the GOP. Whether this has broader implications nationally is yet unclear — Walker’s recall was incited by his push to strip union rights from public sector employees, and his GOP comrades could view this as a mandate for further state level union-busting, or could see it as a cautionary tale of how close the wunderkind governor came to falling. Suffice to say the win didn’t come cheaply — the Walker campaign outspent the Barrett campaign by a nearly 8-to-1 margin. (Photo by WisPolitics)
“The exit polling from just hours ago suggested an extremely tight race, deadlocked at 50/50”
So you know
CNN and MSNBC can stop calling it now with only 25% reporting.
Even if Walker wins (gahhhh knock on wood), we sent a pretty clear message: you can outspend us 8-1 but not get eight times the votes. OK, technically the Koch brothers will have bought this election, but they can’t buy EVERY election… right?
I’m hoping Democrats take this as a wakeup call for campaign finance reform. People like the Koch brothers aren’t going to put big bucks behind them. Sad that it has to be this way, but campaign finance is such a mess right now, we really need something big to happen to make a dent.
This race in Wisconsin is the most important race in the country before the presidential election. June 5th. Republicans think they’ve got it in the bag. And if they do, they’re on their way to a permanent structural advantage over the Democratic party for which there is no repair. There’s no way to undo it. And that will affect every race in every partisan election on every ballot. It is less than two weeks until the vote in Wisconsin. At this point, the Democrats should be fighting for this like the existence of their party depends on it. Because it does.
There is a rally on April 28th at the capitol at noon. It’s a recall Walker/99%/Move On/everything is terrible in Wisconsin rally.
Get your asses on up to the capitol, and if any tumblr friends nearby want to join me, now’s the time.
I would appreciate a signal boost here.
WE ARE ALL WISCONSIN.