Despite the tens of millions of union cash spent ($30 mil by some estimates) and Obama’s Organizing for America on hand to help with a massive state-wide propaganda campaign, Wisconsin Dems still managed to fail in their bid to win a majority in the State Senate.
Here are the final numbers:
Cowles (R) 60% Nusbaum (D) 40%
Darling (R) 54% Pasch (D) 46%
Harsdorf (R) 58% Moore (D) 42%
Olsen (R) 52% Clark (D) 48%
King (D) 51% Hopper (D) 49%
Shilling (D) 55% Kapanke (R) 45%
Voters made it clear tonight that they supported Republicans reigning in the unions, balancing the budget, and controlling runaway spending. With no hopes of Democrats taking control of the Wisconsin State Senate, concern is now growing that a less enthused union backed voting block will not turn out to support the two Democrats facing recall next week- paving way for a Republican victory in those races.
Dems coming up short tonight could depress voter turnout for next week. Two Democratic state senators, Jim Holperin and Robert Wirch, face recalls next Tuesday, and Holperin is vulnerable.
Lefty progs on twitter knowing how much was at stake, howled with rage at Waukesha County clerk, Kathy Nickolaus, for no other reason than the fact that she’s still employed after her snafu, last Spring, during the Supreme Court election:
Nickolaus forgot to report the results from the City of Brookfield in an unofficial report to the Associated Press on election night in April. The results caused Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg to declare victory. Instead, when the votes from Brookfield were reported to the Government Accountability Board, incumbent Justice David Prosser was declared the winner following a lengthy recount.
Alberta Darling won her race, but the heavily Republican Waukesha County was the last one to be counted, causing Progs, unable to graciously accept defeat, to call for her head on Twitter. Some made veiled threats like this one:
In “the heat of the moment”, Democratic Party of Wisconsin Spokesman Graeme Zielinski accused Nickolaus of ‘sitting on’ Waukesha County results, and tampering with votes in the 8th Senate District recall race.
By 1:00 a.m. Wed morning, the Democrat Party of Wis had disappeared the news release from their website alleging the vote tampering:
The party chairman, Mike Tate, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that they would not “not pursue questions of irregularities” that was referenced by the Democratic Party in “heat-of-the-moment statements.”
For the “Sad but True” files, not to mention, the “They Never Learn” files…
The Politico reports:
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 people” were supposed to be on the side of the unions who protested at the state capitol when Walker’s bill passed, limiting the unions’ collective bargaining privileges against taxpayers and school districts. But it turns out that “the people” had other ideas. In the end, even a massive infusion of cash and union volunteers was not enough to deliver the three state Senate recall races the unions needed, despite the fact that President Obama carried all six of the seats in question in 2008.
This marks the unions’ third huge defeat in Wisconsin this year. The other two were the passage of Walker’s bill and the re-election of David Prosser to the state Supreme Court. The grand talk of recalling Walker himself next year seems a bit blustery now, given the great failure of last night.