Red Wave Sweeps Wisconsin
Burke conceded to Walker fairly early in the night. She complimented his dedicated efforts to win, but strongly emphasized her differences with him and vowed to continue fighting for the policy positions which were soundly rebuked by the election. The night was widely considered a referendum on Walker and his policies; as such it was an overwhelming victory for conservative principles over the Democrats’ statist policies.
Susan Happ, Democratic candidate for attorney general, offered the second concession of the night, which went to Brad Schimel. She then left the building, refusing to address either her supporters or the press. Happ had campaigned with vociferous declarations that she intended to be an “activist” attorney general, defending and supporting only those state laws and constitutional provisions with which she was in agreement.
Happ failed to win her own county.
Perhaps Walker’s 2016 decision will depend heavily upon Paul Ryan’s intentions; Ryan handily won re-election in Wisconsin’s First with over 60% of the vote. Ryan has never run for statewide office though, has never held an executive (as opposed to legislative) office, and his only attempt at national office was his VP loss in 2012. Yet he has great visibility and name recognition.
Walker’s gracious acceptance speech sounded “presidential” to many, and the statement made in his favor by the statewide Republican wave certainly helps any possible ambitions.