Scott Walker is the first US governor to survive a recall election. While GOP leaders see Tuesday's results as vindication of his methods, many Wisconsin voters say the recall disgusted them.
In a victory seen by Republicans as a mandate of a political agenda that included sharp cuts to public-sector union rights, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday became the first governor in US history to win a recall election.
Republican leaders in Wisconsin and throughout the US released statements late Tuesday heralding the recall victory, saying that it justifies Governor Walker's controversial methods to do away with the $3.6 billion deficit he inherited, and boosts their party's economic message in the general election.
“Wisconsin Democrats now head into November dispirited and in disarray, while Republicans remain strong and organized, with momentum on our side,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement.
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Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney said Walker “has demonstrated over the past year what sound fiscal policies can do to turn an economy around, and I believe that in November voters across the country will demonstrate that they want the same in Washington.”