Wednesday, December 26, 2012
From Scott Walker emerging as the only governor to survive a recall and Paul Ryan being selected as Mitt Romney's running mate for president, a national spotlight shined bright on Wisconsin this year.
Divisive — from recalls to recounts, it became a buzzword for Wisconsin politics in 2012. A national spotlight shined bright on Wisconsin this year, as it was a historic one for politics. Scott Walker became the first governor in U.S. history to survive a recall. U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Janesville became a national household name after being selected as Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's running mate and state voters elected Tammy Baldwin to fill Herb Kohl's seat, making in her the first openly gay woman in the U.S. Senate. On the heels of a slew of recall elections and large-scale protests on the steps of the state Capitol building, the year kicked off with more recall attempts, including one aimed at Gov. Scott Walker. …
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Just five months after Republican Gov. Scott Walker handily won his recall election, GOP nominee Mitt Romney didn't have the same success in the presidential race.
- Lisa Sink
Saturday, November 10, 2012
It's a lost prize that stings for Republicans: How could Mitt Romney lose Wisconsin just five months after Gov. Scott Walker won it? While nationally Romney barely surpassed GOP nominee John McCain's popular vote total in 2008 (58.6 million votes for Romney vs 58.3 million for McCain), in Wisconsin, the former Massachusetts governor surged past McCain by about 11 percentage points. Romney had more votes than McCain in the bright red suburban Milwaukee counties. He even gained votes in dark-blue Milwaukee and Dane counties. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama didn't perform as well as he did in Wisconsin in 2008 — his vote total was 4.4 percentage points less Tuesday than it was in 2008. But statewide, neither Romney's gains nor Obama's …
Saturday, October 6, 2012
If Mitt Romney stays within 3 percentage points of President Barack Obama in the polls, the GOP candidate will take Wisconsin, Republican National Committee chairman tells volunteers in Waukesha.
If the polls show Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney within 3 percentage points of Barack Obama in Wisconsin, he will win the state, Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, told volunteers in Waukesha Saturday. “If it is within a field goal, we are going to win this race,” he said during a stop at the GOP campaign office. So, Priebus was quick to smile when he learned Saturday evening that a new Public Policy Polling poll showed Romney within 2 percentage points of Obama in Wisconsin. Two weeks ago, the same poll had Obama 7 points ahead. “Don’t forget, that is even a Democratic poll, too,” Priebus said in an interview with Patch. “So, the Democrats say we are only down by two, I think we are doing pretty …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
An estimated 2,500 Obama supporters from Milwaukee and across the world came to Bradley Tech High School Thursday afternoon to hear the First Lady's call to action to get out the vote in November.
After coming so close to meeting President Barack Obama when he came to Racine, 13-year-old Michelle Payne's dreams came true Thursday when Michelle Obama finished a campaign speech at Bradley Tech High School, patted her on the head, hugged her and told her she was proud of her. "It was an ecstatic feeling, something I will probably never feel again in my life," the Racine girl said. "She's my role model. I just started crying, and when she hugged me I didn't want to let go." Payne's emotional experience was echoed by many in the crowd of roughly 2,500 Obama supporters from across Milwaukee and the world who attended the First Lady's speech at Bradley Tech High School Thursday afternoon. In her speech, she recalled growing up lower class …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Turnout of nearly 58 percent was highest ever for a gubernatorial race in a non-presidential year, but still fell short of the numbers in recent presidential elections.
Wisconsin's gubernatorial recall election was historic in more ways than one. Yes, the June 5 election between Gov. Scott Walker and Democrat Tom Barrett was the first attempt to recall a governor in Wisconsin history — and only the third time in the nation. But it also set the record for the highest turnout in a Wisconsin governor's race in which the office of president was not also on the ballot. Final certified numbers released Wednesday show that 2.516 million votes were cast in the recall election — or 57.8 percent of the state's voting-age population, according to the state Government Accountability Board, which oversees Wisconsin elections. That's the highest turnout for a gubernatorial election since 1960 — when the presidential …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Use Patch's interactive tool to get detailed results on how area communities voted in the recall election.
How did area municipalities vote in the June 5 recall election between Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democrat Tom Barrett? Here's a breakdown of votes you won't find anywhere else — a look at who carried each of the 89 municipalities in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee and Racine counties. Use our interactive tool to search for detailed results for the entire metro area or just your hometown.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Experts, exit polls point to numerous reasons why Republican governor defeated Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett: money, turnout and displeasure over the recall process.
Tuesday’s recall election was the ultimate course of action that Wisconsin residents could have taken to unseat Republican Gov. Scott Walker. However, the nature of the recall process itself might have been a big reason why Walker became the first U.S. governor to survive a recall attempt when he defeated Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. Just 49 minutes after polls closed, major news outlets across the country called the race for Walker as vote tallies trickled in. Ultimately, Walker posted a 7-point victory — garnering 53 percent of the vote to Barrett’s 46 percent. In 2010, Walker won by an almost identical margin — 52 percent to 47 percent. “Unlike a normal election, a recall puts the burden on the challenger to explain why the incumbent …
Were you at Gov. Scott Walker’s victory party or at Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett’s election night shindig? Add your photos to Patch.
Cameras were flashing at the two campaign parties during Tuesday’s recall election when Gov. Scott Walker won his election, defeating Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. Were you at one of the election night parties? Patch was at the parties, so check out our pictures from the evening. And while you are at it, add photos of your own to the gallery.
Why the recall results ended up in Scott Walker's favor depended on which side of the aisle you stood on.
As the evening - and the recall efforts that have held the state's attention for nearly a year and a half - came to a close, various groups offered their opinions on why the results fell so heavily in Scott Walker's favor. And as usual, they fell along party lines. State Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate told WisPolitics that despite his party's loss, they had no regrets over the recall effort, and chalked it up in part to funding of each campaign. “They have millionaires and billionaires that can write checks and take out TV ads,” Tate said. “This should not have even been a contest considering how much they spent. Rob Zerban, who is running against Republican Congressman Paul Ryan, was a bit more blunt. “Today we saw the buying of an …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Revisit Patch's real-time coverage of Tuesday's historic recall election in this replay of our Election Night blog.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Wisconsin voters headed to the polls in huge numbers Tuesday to cast their ballots in the state's historic recall election — and keep Gov. Scott Walker in office. Patch's live blog provided updates from polling places throughout the Milwaukee area and well as reports from the Walker and Tom Barrett campaign parties, and plenty of comments from readers.