Tom Barrett Wins Wisconsin Dem Primary; Will Face Walker June 5th

Barrett wins Democratic primary, to face Walker in June

Jason Stein and Patrick Marley
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
3:00 a.m. CDT, May 9, 2012

Shrugging off millions of dollars spent by labor groups to defeat him, Tom Barrett strolled to victory in Tuesday’s Democratic primary and set up a more taxing sprint toward June 5 — a historic recall that will be a rematch of his unsuccessful 2010 race against Gov. Scott Walker.

In the recall primary, the Milwaukee mayor easily defeated former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, showing that more than $4 million from outside groups doesn’t necessarily buy a close race.

As Barrett was campaigning Tuesday, Walker was barnstorming the state and showing the fight he will bring to what is expected to be a brutal month of canvassing for one of the most important elections to state office in Wisconsin history. A poll last week showed Walker and Barrett in a dead heat.

Walker, who won over 600,000 votes despite facing only token opposition Tuesday, has been preparing for months for the fast-approaching election, raising a record $25 mil lion, while Barrett must now pivot toward this race with far fewer resources.

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From Act Blue:

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett won the Democratic nomination to take on Scott Walker in the June 5 recall.

By uniting around Tom Barrett, we can take back Wisconsin and bring an end to Walker’s disastrous agenda. Join with Progressives United and contribute to Mayor Barrett’s campaign today. [If you’d like to contribute, go here.]

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