Barrett's Primary Win Not As Impressive As Walker's

The turnout for Walker was bigger than the turn out for Barrett and Falk combined.

In four weeks the state of Wisconsin will finally put this dark chapter of public union rebellion behind us.  Scott Walker will face Tom Barrett on June 5th to determine which one will finish off the term Walker was originally elected for.  A recent poll by Daily Kos has Walker beating Barrett by 50% to 45%; however, many others have them in a dead heat.  With poll numbers that close, turn out will be the biggest factor in either candidate winning.  Could the turn out for the recall primaries offer some hope to Scott Walker?

The Democratic primary was a short lived but heated race.  Kathleen Falk had the backing of the majority of unions; while Barrett was more respected by Democrats for his toned down rhetoric and less divisive attitude.  Either way, this primary was the first opportunity Democrats had to voice their disgust against Scott Walker in the voting both.  The final tally reflects that they came out in considerably larger numbers then they did in 2010. 

In the 2010 Democratic primary Barrett won receiving 210,921 votes out of a total 233,185 Democratic votes.  This primary was not contentious and as a result the total votes cast were low.  As we turn to the results in 2012; Barrett won with 390,109 votes out of a total 650,817* Democratic votes.  Barrett had four challengers in 2012 unlike the one unknown challenger in 2010, because of this and the current political environment it was not a surprise to see nearly three times the turn out.

Unlike Barrett, Scott Walker’s last two primaries had the opposite circumstances.  In 2010, Walker faced two other challengers including Mark Neumann.  This resulted in a high turn.  Scott Walker won that primary with 360,032 votes out of a total of 614,511 Republican votes cast.  However, in 2012 Scott Walker did not face a real challenger; yet, Walker received 626,538 votes out of a total of 646,458* Republican votes cast.  In comparison to Barrett, Walker actually received more votes in a primary that was less important to his election.

In a primary that was dedicated to the Democratic Party; Scott Walker received almost as many votes as all 5 Democrats combined.  While turn outs for primaries are never as high as the final election, it must be asked if the GOP passion to defend the Governor runs deeper then the Democratic hatred for the Governor.  Also, of the votes that Walker received in the primary, he can count on all of those votes returning for him in the recall election.  Barrett on the other hand will have to convince the remaining Democrats that he was the correct choice; while most will fall inline in order to achieve the ultimate goal of removing Walker, there maybe a contingent that is disillusioned by one of the other candidates losing and not willing to support Barrett. 

In the end, time will tell whether the numbers above are any indication of the how the next four weeks will end.  Nonetheless, Republicans should remain strong and confident that the fellow members of their party are dedicated and ready to STAND WITH WALKER.


*I understand that both races included candidates that were stooges put in place by the opposing party.  The numbers have little effect on this discussion.

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Luke May 09, 2012 at 10:48 PM
@J. B Schmidt Corroborating evidence……… http://www.wigderson.com/index.php/2012/05/09/lets-run-through-some-numbers-from-tuesday/
GearHead May 09, 2012 at 10:51 PM
"I'm convinced that the 20-something who ran against him in the primary or even Gladys would bring more passion and focus to the job than Walker would" If you haven't noticed that passion Walker has brought to the job, and the return passion his overwhelming voter support has for him in a otherwise meaningless Republican primary, then your eyes are hopelessly wide shut, Bren.
GearHead May 09, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Sorry, Lyle, but Belling is on in the afternoon. So you couldn't have been listening very carefully. Makes me wonder about the credibility of other things you say :P
J. B. Schmidt May 09, 2012 at 10:56 PM
@Lyle I won't disagree that there is little chest pounding going here; however, Walker's voting totals surprised even the Republican pundits.
Lyle Ruble May 09, 2012 at 11:03 PM
@GearHead...You're right, it was Charlie Sykes.
Brian Dey May 09, 2012 at 11:48 PM
What was tacky Lyle? Unioncrats? Or the Beating Walker's going give Barrett. Neither were hateful, just fact.
Lyle Ruble May 09, 2012 at 11:52 PM
@Brian Dey...."this time will be worse than the beating he took at State Fair Park."
Brian Dey May 10, 2012 at 12:27 AM
No worse than some of the hate-filled things said about Walker during the past year and a half. But seriously, Barrett is an empty suit and until he actually says something of substance, I have no respect for him. Sorry if that offends you Lyle, but you've said some pretty hafe-filled things about me as well.
GearHead May 10, 2012 at 12:34 AM
@Lyle, In case you forgot, Barrett shamelessly ran TV ads utilizing pictures of himself in the hospital to strike a sympathetic chord for himself. What would the point of that be? Vote for me because I got beat up? Now that, my friend, is what tacky is all about. But then again, he has nothing else to run on. So do you wanna bet he'll run those pics again?
Craig May 10, 2012 at 01:30 AM
The beating he took at State Fair is a good excuse for him to claim brain damage. He attacks Walker but subconsciously uses Walker's tools as his own. I don't think it is hateful to remind people of Barrett's ass kicking(s). I don't think it is tacky to say he will have his ass pounded yet again. He might be one of them closet Liberals living a double life.... Tacky or truth?
Brian Dey May 10, 2012 at 02:20 AM
You see Lyle, Tom Barrett is everything opposite I stand for. I have devoted my life to helping others, never seeking anything from it but the personal satisfaction that I in someway made a difference. The world is made up of leaders, followers and those seeking fame. I too, remember how he shamelessly used the only act of courage I can associate with him, to pat himself on the back for political gain. That is not only shameless, but turned what could have been a defining moment in his life, into a pathetic display of self-indulgence. So to me, it neither tacky, nor hate-filled. It goes against the core of my being. You should know by now Lyle, that I don't put out one-liners without a deeper meaning behind it. But if you want to talk about his record, please tell me or point to one thing in all of his political career where he was a leader. Just one thing. I've looked and can find nothing. Leaders are take charge individuals who judge themselves based accomplishments, getting others to join their cause, and get people to believe in them. On our side, Walker is that leader. He inspires us. It is not just because he was anybody but Doyle. He had a plan; he executed it; calculated the reults; calculated the risks; and did it knowing that some people weren't going to be happy. He did it because he knew it was right and knew it would work. That is a leader. Barrett has none of those traits.
Lyle Ruble May 10, 2012 at 02:47 AM
@Brian Dey...I won't question your altruism since it something no one else could possible know. As far as I'm concerned, I also don't care about your ideology. If the truth were to be told, I don't think it matters who wins the governor's race. My only desire is to see the Senate change majorities and the Democrats take control of that chamber. That will put a stop to the conservative steamroller.
skinnyDUDE May 10, 2012 at 03:55 AM
I dont think anyone could argue with a straight face that Taxing Tom Barrett is a leader. He is a career politician and his only true goal in life appears to be to hold public office. He certainly has a terrible record in Milwaukee , but in far too many big cities they simply vote for the (D) - no matter what they do. Ignorance is bliss in Milwaukee. Far too many their are drinking from the public trough like Tom because they don't want a real job or the problems they inflict on their supporters.
Alicia Smokowicz May 12, 2012 at 12:48 AM
The people that do vote for barrett are the people that like free hand outs. He can't even get the city of milwaukee straight.
Bren May 12, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Walker has passion for his career and for serving his benefactors. I am of course referring to passion for serving the people of Wisconsin. "Eyes hopelessly wide shut" i believe refers more properly to people who are in denial about the facts of the Walker administration.
Randy1949 May 12, 2012 at 01:14 AM
@Alicia Smokowicz -- Do you have any facts to back that up, are are you just regurgitating what you hear the other conservatives saying? Now me, I like to know my taxes are going to help someone who really needs it, or to pay for vital municipal services, rather than for tax breaks for businesses.
CAB2 May 12, 2012 at 01:59 AM
like all that tax money for barretts 2 mile trolly-choo-choo train set for how much again?-so it can run in a circle from nowhere to nowhere. or all the tax dollars wasted on mmsd that barrett claimed he would fix in his first hundred days in office as mayor back in 2004? barretts mmsd is now the states largest polutter of area waterways-smells like success to me
skinnyDUDE May 13, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Can anyone name ONE major achievement of Tom Barrett? Just ONE? waiting.........................
Jaime Sommers May 13, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Hurling insults at those you disagree with makes you look incredibly intelligent, Brian Dey. Did you learn those terms on TalkRadio, which could quite accurately be called HateRadio because it certainly bashes progressives far more than it uplifts conservatives, and has been proven to be appealing only to those with low IQs? http://www.sodahead.com/united-states/new-study-reveals-that-stupidity-can-make-you-conservative-and-racist/question-2421029/ Tom Barrett took a beating at State Fair Park standing up for a common citizen. You use that within an insult? That shows your character. You would NEVER catch Scott Walker standing up for someone in a dangerous situation. It's beneath him. Tom Barrett also gave a young girl a ride to safety when she had car trouble on I-43 in the early 1990's. It wasn't the days of cell phones but he offered to go call for help or give her a ride to safety and didn't have to stop in traffic to help, but did. This kind of character who cares for human beings is the kind we need, not the kind who cares about his popularity and who is buying his caviar. We don't need someone who thinks they are above their contituents. If you do, then go for it. I'll agree to disagree with you, but I won't call you names or use positive references as a modifier to improve my argument for my politics.
Jaime Sommers May 13, 2012 at 11:37 AM
We did, skinnyDUDE - he would stand up for you if you were in a dangerous situation. Your life is far more important than your tax bill. Or, maybe it's not. Scott Walker's Legal Defense Fund spending may get him to avoid prosecution, but he is still a criminal. Most of the evidence is shredded but his activities while in Milwaukee were criminal. If crime causes a guy to reach the goals YOU want for our government, you might want to look in the mirror and ask yourself why you feel that way, several times a day, starting right now. Why do I think criminal behavior is good when it benefits me tax-wise? No citizen would ever have access to that kind of legal defense. It only takes money to hide crimes, but a criminal is a criminal whether caught and prosecuted or not, espcially in the conservative realm, where religion is typically a stronger code of ethics. God sees it all, my friend. You can run, but you cannot hide. Might as well run in circles, keep raising money, keep piling up the money, maybe it will help him get closer to heaven.... since he will need someplace to go in June. Tosa isn't going to be too friendly for him anymore and neither is Madison. Those of you who vote based upon TAX SAVINGS may want to think about character. http://scottwalkerwatch.com/2012/05/02/walkers-legal-defense-funds-and-outside-wisconsin-billionaire-fatcats-prepare-for-recall-and-fbi-indictment/ Happy FBI investigation and indictment! June 6, take him away...
Luke May 13, 2012 at 11:39 AM
Yes. He was the impetus for a renewed interest in bar jokes involving "flabber gas."
skinnyDUDE May 13, 2012 at 03:31 PM
LOL you cant name one thing ! Nice try Jaime.
skinnyDUDE May 13, 2012 at 03:32 PM
ONCE AGAIN.... Can any liberal here name ONE major achievement of Tom Barrett? Just One? Waiting..........................................
skinnyDUDE May 13, 2012 at 10:49 PM
You are trying to argue what he WOULD do . He been a career politician and you cant name a single accomplishment ? Amazing!
Friendly Hammer May 14, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Tom Barrett's campaign music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfWEPu0w-7w&feature=youtu.be
$$andSense May 14, 2012 at 03:52 AM
This conservative can remind you of one brave personal act of Barrett wherein he responded to a parking lot incident he could have walked away from and didn't. Do you, Craig and all the other mealy mouthed so called "conservatives" have that type of balls? I don't think so. JFK had a pass in WW2 he didn't take, but punks like you would label him a "liberal' in his time. .
GearHead May 14, 2012 at 07:17 PM
$$, Wrong again. JFK wouldn't be elected in his own party because they would label him a conservative. Cut taxes and was strong on defense.
Alfred May 14, 2012 at 07:21 PM
JFK was the first Supply Sider.
Randy1949 May 14, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Considering where taxes were at the time he cut them, Democrats wouldn't object. Being strong on defense is great -- just not at the expense of the other domestic issues. You guys don't get it -- all we want is a little balance here.
GearHead May 14, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Balance to me means eliminating hundreds of domestic programs that either are not working, or are working contrary to their own stated purpose. An EPA that harshly penalizes business for spitting on the sidewalk, yet holds its nose (and shuts its eyes) when MMSD pumps billions of gallons of poo water into the lake comes to mind.


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