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Republican Scott Walker Re-Elected Wisconsin Governor

Erin Toner

Republican Scott Walker has won another four years as Wisconsin governor, raising speculation about whether he’ll try to run for president in 2016.

Polls showed a tight race in the weeks leading up to Tuesday’s election, but Walker won by about a half dozen points. There wasn’t much doubt throughout the evening at State Fair Park.

“I want to thank you all for coming out tonight and I want to thank the folks at home for joining in with us. And to all of you who voted for me thank you, and for those who didn’t, I hope to earn your support at least and your respect over the next four years,” Walker said.

Much of Walker’s victory speech had a national theme, raising further questions about his future plans. He talked about what it means to be American and accused Washington D.C. of making people dependent on the government.

“As a kid growing up in Delavan, I don’t ever remember one of my classmates saying, ‘Hey Scott, someday when I grow up, I want to become dependent on the government.’ That’s just not the American dream. That’s just not the American dream.” Walker said.

Walker did not talk much Tuesday night about jobs or taxes, although legislators are eyeing those issues.

Republican Sen. Alberta Darling says the number one issue in Wisconsin is creating jobs.

“So what we need to do is make sure that we’re competitive as a state, that our government isn’t intrusive, that our tax structure is an incentive for people to come here and grow here,” Darling said.

Darling says the Legislature will also work to create a more skilled workforce and strengthen public education, especially Milwaukee Public Schools.

Marti was a reporter with WUWM from 1999 to 2021.
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