Fox News can now project that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a Republican, will survive his recall election, beating back a challenge by Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. Walker’s victory caps months of bitter acrimony that began when Walker and Republicans in the state legislature rolled back what they considered excesses in the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions.
Walker’s victory in a state that went for President Obama in 2008 gives Republicans hope that Wisconsin may vote for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in November. The outcome is also a blow to Big Labor, which poured considerable resources into the failed effort to remove Walker from office. Of the three recall elections of governors in U.S. history, Walker is the only one to survive one.
Fox cam also project that Walker’s lieutenant governor, Republican Rebecca Kleefisch, has survived her recall election.