Yesterday’s Wisconsin Recall Election primaries went largely as polls predicted with Tom Barrett clobbering Kathleen Falk in the Governor’s race despite the lion’s share of union support. Labor’s other favorite candidate, though, firefighter Mahlon Mitchell, cruised to a victory in the Lieutenant Governor’s primary with 51 percent of the vote.
Labor will have to shift their support to Barrett after giving him a pretty good dinging during the recall (this is especially true of AFSCME), but Mitchell provides a pathway to honest enthusiasm as a member of the International Association of Firefighters, Local 311.
Moving forward, though, the fundraising gap between incumbent Walker and challenger Barrett is beyond comical at this point:
Walker has far outraised and outspent his Democratic rival. Taking advantage of laws that allow a recall target to raise unlimited funds, he has brought in $25 million and spent $20 million. Barrett has raised less than a million dollars and will have to ramp up quickly to compete.
Here’s some more from POLITICO and complete results from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.