The gubernatorial election between Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his Democratic challenger Mary Burke generated a lot of attention in the state and the nation in 2014, making it one of WRN’s top stories of the year.
Governor Scott Walker won his bid for a second term in November. It was his third such victory in just four years, after first winning the governorship in November of 2010 on his 43rd birthday. In June of 2012, Walker became the first governor in U.S. history to survive a recall election.
In his victory speech this past November, Walker told the crowd he focused on campaigning for something, rather than against something. “We were for a better Wisconsin, for better schools, for a better university system,” he continues, “for a better future for our children and our grandchildren.”
Democratic candidate and former Trek Bicycle executive Mary Burke had hoped to get a boost from national politicians, including President Obama, former President Bill Clinton, and first lady Michelle Obama, who pleaded to Madison’s youth population. “For our young people, more than anyone else, this election is about you.”
Accusations of plagiarism and being fired from her family business didn’t help Burke’s bid for the executive office. Walker survived the negative attention from the John Doe investigation, though he blamed liberals for trying to “stir things up” in a case that has already “been resolved” and he called the media “willing accomplices.”
Most polls leading up to the election consistently put the two candidates in a dead heat. Walker had often said the only poll that matters is the one taken at the voting booth.
The question remains whether Walker will serve his full term or run for US president in 2016.
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