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August 12, 2011

What Do the Senate Recall Results Mean for Recalling Walker?

Filed under: Recall — millerlf @ 9:07 am

Conclusion: Onward to Recall Walker!

The Wisconsin  recalls of Republican senators were held in 5 Republican dominated districts and 1 district evenly split between parties.

There was a 7% swing from Republican support to Democrat support in those districts.

200,000 signatures were collected in those 6 districts alone. 540,206 signatures are needed to recall Walker.

At this time one of the groups leading the recall effort, United Wisconsin, has 193,713 pledges from citizens to work for the recall. (Visit their website at )

A recall referendum in which the whole state would vote could have a completely different outcome.

Milwaukee, Madison and LaCrosse, if mobilized, could be the difference in removing Walker.

If the Democrats offer a viable candidate like Russ Feingold, victory is within our grasp.

Following is an article from

Walker recall expected to proceed

By DAVID CATANESE | 8/10/11 Politico

MADISON, Wis. — Democrats are forging ahead with efforts to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker next year, one day after losing four of six recall elections to oust GOP state senators.

The Tuesday night losses left Democrats a single seat short of overturning GOP control of the state’s upper chamber, though Democratic officials and operatives on the ground insisted Wednesday that their two wins in Republican-leaning areas exposed Walker’s weaknesses.

“If we can do all of this against entrenched Republicans on their own turf, imagine our success … when all of Wisconsin can have its voice heard on Gov. Walker’s extreme, divisive agenda,” Wisconsin state party chairman Mike Tate wrote in a memo to reporters Wednesday.

“The historic gains made tonight to restore balance and accountability to our state, and restore Wisconsin values, will continue when the entire state weighs in on the November 2012 elections – and with the recall of Scott Walker himself,” Tate said.

Standing before a cheering crowd of partisans on the Majestic Theatre stage late Tuesday — when it was still uncertain whether Democrats would flip control of the Senate — an animated Tate was even more defiant: “We will not stop, we will not rest, until we recall Scott Walker from the state of Wisconsin.”

Both of the districts in which Democrats prevailed Tuesday Walker carried in 2010 — though in Senate District 32, where Democrat Jennifer Shilling easily unseated incumbent Dan Kapanke, Walker’s margin was a single point.

In the remaining four races, the first-term Republican governor notched between 54 and 58 percent. GOP incumbents matched or bested Walker’s performance in three of the four districts they defended.

Despite the Democratic losses, Madison-based Democratic pollster Nathan Henry calculates that the party achieved a 7 percent swing in its direction.

“For the most part, these are districts where Walker and other Republicans need to run up huge margins to win statewide, and what we saw last night was a pretty dramatic shift toward Democrats. I think most folks see what happened yesterday as simply the first shots in a much longer battle,” Henry said.

The best example of a Democrat exceeding traditional performance was in Senate District 14, a mostly rural district where Rep. Fred Clark came within 4 points of 16-year GOP incumbent Luther Olsen.

In 2010, Walker won the sprawling area — which stretches from Baraboo northeast toward the Green Bay suburbs — with 57 percent. Last night, Olsen escaped with just 52 percent.

Forcing Walker to run in a presidential year and to defend his record in more urban, liberal areas like Milwaukee, Madison and La Crosse would change the calculus, Democrats argue.
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To read Craig Gilberts summary of the election in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel go to:

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