Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker retained his governorship Tuesday night, besting Democrat Tom Barrett in a race that was a referendum on Walker’s decision to take on public employee unions.


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Walker led Barrett, who was the governor’s 2010 opponent and is the current mayor of Milwaukee, 54 to 45 percent with 83 percent of precincts reporting. Walker beat Barrett in 2010, 52 to 46.5 percent.

Following chants of “Thank you, Scott!” Walker delivered a victory speech from his Waukesha, Wis. headquarters focused on the future and the message he believes his win communicated to the nation.

“Tonight, we tell Wisconsin, we tell our country, and we tell people all across the globe that voters really do want leaders who stand up and make the tough decisions,” Walker said.

Read more at Yahoo News. By Rachel Rose Hartman.


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