Walker easily wins primary in Wisconsin recall
The Associated Press with the WTMJ News Team
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MADISON - Republican Gov. Scott Walker has easily defeated token opposition in a GOP primary in a recall election.
With 100 percent of the precincts reporting as of 5:10 a.m. Wednesday, Walker earned 626,538 votes (96.9 percent), compared to 19,920 votes (3.1 percent) for Arthur Kohl-Riggs.
Walker ended up getting almost as many voted as all the Democratic candidates combined.
The general election is June 5. Walker is only the third governor in U.S. history to face a recall election.
Walker said he is not afraid to run on his record, or compare his record with Mayor Barrett.
"We are not going backward. We are going forward," said a passionate Walker during his victory speech.
Kohl-Riggs ran as a Republican, even though he has protested against Walker and his initiatives for months. Kohl-Riggs says he was running as a progressive Republican in the spirit of Abraham Lincoln.
Kohl-Riggs had no money and even less name recognition, while Walker is a national conservative hero who is shattering fundraising records as he fights to keep his job.
Walker was to appear in Milwaukee Wednesday morning for an appearance at a manufacturing conference at the Frontier Airlines Center.