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June 6, 2012 at 1:34 AM

Wisconsin’s governor made history, now he must make amends

For UW Election Eye, it has been an epic two weeks traveling to every nook and cranny of the most divided state on America’s political landscape. Now that Scott Walker has secured a decisive victory, the once recalled — now redeemed — governor of Wisconsin has a second, more important mandate: heal his embittered electorate.

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A gentler, more gracious Gov. Walker promised Wisconsin he would learn from his mistakes during his victory speech on June 5, 2012. (Photo by Thor Tolo/UW Election Eye)

WAUKESHA, Wisc. — Scott Kevin Walker brought something to the victory podium last night that few folks had seen him exhibit on the campaign trail: some humility.

I’ve made mistakes, he said, and I’ve learned from them. I didn’t communicate as well as I should. I wish I’d taken more time to work through disagreements.

It seemed a remarkable turnaround for a governor nearly done in by his own wince-worthy words: “divide and conquer.” If Walker keeps his pledge from that podium, it’s now going to be “unite and overcome.”

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June 5, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Tea Party’s Walker wins Wisconsin to become first U.S. governor ever to survive recall

WAUKESHA, Wisc. – Sixteen months and more than 63 million advertising dollars later, Republican Scott Walker has become the first incumbent governor in U.S. history to survive a recall election, defeating Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett by a 53% to 46% margin – slightly larger than his 52% to 46% win over Barrett the first…

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June 5, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Bitter Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election entirely up for grabs: voices from the state

UW Election Eye is on a slow crawl from Wausau to Waukesha, Wisconsin — in search of those unique small town stories that can tilt critical elections one way or the other. Polls close here at 8pm Central, 6pm Pacific. We will be with GOP Gov. Scott Walker — win or lose — later this…

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June 5, 2012 at 12:43 AM

Wisconsin chooses a governor today while many wonder about wisdom of expensive recalls

Stevens Point protest rally

Anti-Walker protest rallies around Wisconsin became even more vocal as today’s recall election neared. About 100 demonstrators showed up for the governor’s arrival at Stevens Point Brewery on June 4, 2012. (Photo by Thor Tolo/UW Election Eye)

For 16 months, Wisconsinites have been living a surreal dream – one in which the heroes and villains are strictly a matter of political preference. If Milwaukee Mayor and Democratic challenger Tom Barrett beats incumbent GOP Governor Scott Walker in today’s recall election, it will be the biggest political shocker in Wisconsin history.

UW Election Eye will have a front row seat to either the governor’s victory or defeat tonight in Waukesha. But first, we will be “live” blogging from various precincts throughout the day.

WAUSAU, Wisc. – There may be a trickle of undecided voters left as Wisconsinites awaken to the most politically charged day in anybody’s memory, but good luck finding any.

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