Newly filed reports with the IRS show huge donations were flowing to groups active in the recall in the run-up to the June 5th election.
Just as Texas homebuilder Bob Perry gave $500,000 directly to Gov. Scott Walker's campaign, he also gave another $500,000 to the Republican Governors Association. The RGA was one of the big players in the recall, running TV ads attacking Democrat Tom Barrett. It's active in other states, too, but overall the group raised $16 million between the beginning of April and the end of June.
In Tuesday’s recall race, Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Tom Barrett for the most part carried the counties they won in the 2010 match up. But, there are some counties that flipped their votes.
In 2010, voters in Eau Claire, Trempealeau, Crawford and Green Counties leaned towards Barrett. This year, they went for Walker.
Walker won the recall race by a couple hundred votes in those counties. But in Trempealeau County, Republicans came out in force, racking up 57% of the vote.
Republican Scott Walker became the third governor in U.S. history to face a recall last night, and the first ever to retain his seat in such an election, defeating Democrat Tom Barrett by an even wider margin than when the two first met in 2010.
With nearly all of the vote counted, Walker defeated Barrett by a 53-46 percent margin. Both candidates surpassed their 2010 vote totals but it was Walker who ran them up more.