Walker beats Burke by nearly 6 points
MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin’s Republican Gov. Scott Walker has defeated Democratic challenger Mary Burke, winning re-election to a second term.
Walker’s win Tuesday marks his third victory in four years. He won a first term in 2010 and a recall election in 2012 prompted by anger over a law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers.
The win also keeps Walker in the mix for a potential 2016 GOP presidential bid, although he downplayed such talk during the tough re-election campaign against Burke.
Walker’s margin of victory over Burke is nearly identical to how much he won when first elected in 2010.
Based on unofficial totals, with nearly all precincts reporting Wednesday, Walker beat Burke by just over 5.7 points. In 2010, Walker beat Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett by 5.8 points.
Walker told The Associated Press that any decision about whether he will run for president “will have to wait,” as he intends to focus on working with the Legislature on quickly passing his agenda for the state.
Walker said his win Tuesday is “great for us” and he will be meeting with his cabinet on Wednesday in the Capitol before traveling around the state on Thursday to visit technical colleges.
He said, “The bottom line is people elected me to get the job done in Wisconsin. We’re going to spend the next couple months putting together our legislative agenda.”
Walker said he wants to pass a budget quickly to show the country that things work more smoothly in Wisconsin than Washington.
During his victory speech, Walker thanked the voters of the state of Wisconsin.
“For those who didn’t vote for me I hope to earn your respect over the next four years,” Walker said. “People in the state want me to be for something and not against something.”
Burke is a former Trek Bicycles executive and state Commerce Department secretary who argued that Walker failed the state and was too divisive.
But Walker prevailed by arguing that he turned around the state’s economy while cutting taxes and wiping out a budget shortfall.
“It’s OK to be disappointed tonight, but it’s not OK to not get back up,” Burke said during her concession speech. “No election outcome or political fight matters as much as the values we hold near and dear.”
“I will never stop doing what I can do to improve my community and to support others,” Burke said.Wisconsin Governor