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Walker stays put

About an hour after the polls closed, major media were declaring that Wisconsin's Republican Gov. Scott Walker had survived the recall attempt.

With 62 percent of precincts reporting statewide, at 9:45 p.m. Walker had 57 percent of the votes while Democratic challenger Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett had 42 percent.

"We're elated over the victory and especially the margin of victory," St. Croix County Republican Party Chairman Jesse Garza said. "It's a testament to the voters of Wisconsin who want to keep the state moving forward."

Axel Bogdan, a 3M product safety specialist who serves on the Kinnickinnic Town Board in St. Croix County, said he was "very excited" by the recall election results, saying they reaffirm that, like Walker's slogan, "Wisconsin is, and will continue to be, open for business."

Bogdan said the vote and margin of victory for Walker also seemed like a repudiation of recall elections in general.

"People are saying, 'Enough is enough.' Wisconsin still elects its representatives in elections, not in recalls," Bogdan said. "Now maybe our elected officials can focus on governing."

Walker carried both Pierce and St. Croix counties.

In Pierce County with 27 of 28 units reporting, Walker had 7,781 votes to Barrett's 5,880. Walker carried most municipalities, with the exception of the city of River Falls and the village of Maiden Rock.

In St. Croix County, with all 41 units reporting, Walker led Barrett 20,884 to 13,172. Walker carried every reporting unit except Wards 9 and 10 in the city of Hudson.

Statewide Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch led her challenger, Mahlon Mitchell, 60 percent to 40 percent. In St. Croix County, Kleefisch had 20,179 votes and Mitchell had 13,105. In Pierce County, Kleefisch had 7,535 votes to Mitchell's 5,780.

Judy Wiff

Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.