NYT: Union-busters get black eye in WI, recall of governor would be too close to call

NYT editorial about the successful effort to recall two Republican state lawmakers who supported GOP Governor Scott Walker’s call to go after the unions earlier this year.

Recall elections are extremely difficult to win; only two had succeeded in the state in the last 80 years…. Had Democrats won one more district, they would control the Senate, but they were also trying to send a warning to Republican lawmakers around the country who are trying to break public employee unions. In that, they succeeded.

Republicans will not admit this, but the numbers showed significant strength for Democrats even in the districts they lost — strength that could grow if lawmakers continue cutting spending and taxes while reducing the negotiating rights of working families. In one rural senatorial district that had not elected a Democrat in a century, the Democratic candidate reached 48 percent of the vote. Another race was also close, and as Nate Silver noted in The Times, the overall results suggest that a contemplated statewide recall of Mr. Walker himself would be too close to call. (Two Democrats face recalls next week.)


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