Northwest Wisconsin Favored Barrett on Election Day

By KBJR News 1

June 6, 2012 Updated Jun 6, 2012 at 6:41 PM CDT

Superior, Wi (Northlands NewsCenter)
-- The Voters of Northwest Wisconsin broke away from the pack in last night's historic recall election. The traditionally democratic area stayed blue, especially in the Northern area of the Badger state.

At the election viewing party Wednesday night, a group of Douglas County Democrats watched painfully as Governor Scott Walker was declared victorious over Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

"Voters really do want leaders who stand up and make the tough decisions," Walker said as he rallied his base after the win.

"I'm very disappointed; I thought the reactions we got from people when we were working was very positive," said MIke Raunio who has been working on the recall Walker campaign since the beginning.

The Democrats did get a positive voter turnout, bringing close to 70 percent of registered voters to the polls. In Douglas County it was very clear the voters wanted Governor Walker out of office. As for the rest of Northwest Wisconsin, they wanted Mayor Barrett to take over the reigns as well.

Breaking down the Northwest Corner of the Badger State, Douglas, Bayfield and Ashland Counties went heavily to Mayor Barrett. Washburn, Burnett, Sawyer, and Iron Counties went to Walker. All combined Barrett took close to 54 percent of the Northland vote.

In the day after reclaiming his seat, Governor Walker says he wants to bring together Republicans and Democrats, and press forward with a united Wisconsin.

"It's been clear over the past year and a half that people whether they voted for me or not, still want to have a more inclusive process and we are going to do that," said Governor Walker.

Still, the democrats of the Northland say the damage is done, and they have their sights set solidly on the next Governor's election.

Statewide voter turnout didn't reach the 65 percent as predicted. Unofficial results say that 58 percent of registered voters cast a ballot.

The Democrats still have a chance to take the majority in the state Senate. Right now, the Democratic Challenger John Lehman has close to an 800 vote lead over Republican state senator Van Wanggaard but there has been no official winner declared as yet.

Zach Vavricka

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