Hungary Jack wrote:
Just out of curiosity, why was this Wisconsin STATE election hyped so much as a national event, when this special election for CONGRESS was not?Barber holds Gabrielle Giffords' Seat
The Wisconsin one was a heckuva lot noisier and it was a recall...I get that...but this Arizona special election has more direct implication for everyone, not just the residents of that one state. And it's not like Arizona's politics have been exactly sleepy lately, either.
I didn't search too hard, but I don't see any articles saying "What this election means for Obama and Romney" There were dozens like that for the Wisconsin election. For this Arizona one, there's not even a "What this election means for immigration reform" article. Oh, right, it's because those story lines are complete, fabricated, B.S.
In addition to funding poured in by national conservative groups, unions spent $21M in Wisconsin. It was a national event in the eyes of these interest groups.
The election result does not change things for Romeny or Obama. Maybe WI is in play, but exit polls suggest that it is still strongly for Obama. But for public employee unions, it suggests that their message has limited traction among the electorate.
That's one take. What do these numbers say?
Walker: 1,334,450 (30.8%)
Barrett: 1,162,785 (26.9%)
Apathy: ~1,830,000 (42.3%) did not bother to vote at all.
And this was with record turnout for a WI governor election, at 57.7%.
Looks to me like neither party's message had much traction!