Guy W. Farmer

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June 10, 2012
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Wisconsin and public-sector unions

Wisconsin's mostly Democratic voters delivered a stinging rebuke to public-employee unions Tuesday by retaining Republican Gov. Scott Walker in office by a decisive 7-point margin, 53-46 percent, in a rare recall election in a state that President Barack Obama won by 14 percentage points in 2008.

Walker handily defeated his Democratic challenger, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, in their union-friendly state. Even more surprising, nearly 20 percent of Obama supporters and 38 percent of union households voted for Walker. This surprising result has national implications for Nevada and other states facing budget deficits due to the unsustainable costs of overly generous …

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