Wisconsin Governor Walker has won the recall election by 9 points (with 88% reporting). This is a very large margin of victory and may very well result in a boost in the Wisconsin polls for Mitt Romney. We will have to wait a week or so to answer that question.
Look for the Obama campaign to distance themselves by claiming they had nothing to do with the race. Look for them to call the election a state matter having no effect on the national scene.
Personally, I disagree. Putting union issues aside, the Walker victory speaks loudly on the desire of taxpayers to see a reduction in governmental spending and deficit spending. People are tired of seeing their taxes continually go up while tax money is wasted.
More often that not, voters will support unions and working men and women. For them to vote this strongly for Governor Walker tells me that they are just completely fed up with irresponsible spending. I do not believe the voters of Wisconsin (an historically pro-union electorate) would normally support a Governor who went after collective bargaining. The economy and the continually reckless spending of State and federal governments have simply overridden other concerns of the voters.
Tonight's election may be the first shot in the battle of 2012 that will be known as the War Over Reckless Government Spending. May the fiscally responsible win.