We were up against Goliath, outspent 8 to 1, and although Gov. Walker’s millionaire and billionaire backers have bought this election – we made our voices heard. Now, we show a nation that we will never stop fighting for the rights of working people.
The coalitions, networks and grassroots tactics we have forged over the last 16 months will continue to provide the foundation for fighting back against corporate greed and power.
An important distinction that many media outlets have failed to discuss is the difference between union households and union voters.
The AFL-CIO conducted an exit poll of union members which showed that union members overwhelming voted for Tom Barrett. Here are some of the results:
o 75% of union voters voted for Tom Barrett
o 76% of union voters felt Scott Walker has divided the state, put wealthy and large corporations first
o 74% of union voters felt out of state spending influenced the election
o 84% of union voters felt out of state spending benefited Scott Walker
These are important figures to remember moving forward. They show that union members understand the implications of Citizens United, are well education on the issues important to working people and vote in their economic best interest.
Union voters also showed that we are a force to be reckoned with, comprising 33% of all votes in Tuesday’s election. And although Gov. Walker was the most well-funded politician in state history, we weren’t fooled by his millions.
Going forward we are going to continue to advance an agenda for the 99%. We are going to continue to organize, mobilize and make our voices heard in new and creative ways. Tuesday’s recall election will be a spring board for a national discussion on Citizens United and the corporate takeover of American democracy.
Brothers and sisters, we all poured our hearts and souls into this election and while we did not recall Scott Walker, we reclaimed the State Senate and proved that working people will stand up and fight for our rights.