Just over one hour after polls closed in Wisconsin, reputable news sources were calling the race in Scott Walker’s favor.
Many Tom Barrett supporters thought it was too early to concede, especially because people were still waiting in line to vote and less than 30 percent of precincts had reported; not including liberal-strongholds Madison and Milwaukee.
Because the recall election was so heated, many predicted the winner would not be known until late in the evening, or even until a potential recount was done. However, with 99.9 percent of ballots reported, Walker hedged out Barrett by 172,698 votes – a whopping 6.9 percent. Walker is now the first Governor in U.S. history to survive a recall election.