Governor Scott Walker Can’t Ask For A Recount After Narrow Defeat Because Of A Law He Put In Place

Democrat Tony Evers ousted incumbent governor Scott Walker by a narrow margin but the Republican incumbent has not conceded even though he signed a law that recounts would be allowed only when candidates are projected to be within 1 percentage point of each other. Unfortunately for Walker, he played himself because after all precincts have reported results, Evers defeated the Republican governor by a margin of 1.2 percent.

This is what karma looks like:

After President Donald Trump won Wisconsin by just 23,000 votes in 2016, Walker signed into law a measure mandating that recounts would be allowed only when candidates are projected to be within 1 percentage point of each other.

The law triggers a free recount if the margin is 0.25 percentage points or less. When the margin is between 0.25 and 1 points, the candidate projected to lose must petition and pay for a recount.

Evers, a 67-year-old school superintendent, claimed victory.

“Given all the results we have seen tonight, I feel confident in saying to you right now: My name is Tony Evers and I’m going to be the next governor of the state of Wisconsin,” he told his supporters.

Meanwhile, Walker’s campaign claimed that damaged ballots could have altered the count. Walker’s lieutenant, Rebecca Kleefisch, told supporters to prepare for a “long, drawn-out recount,” even though Walker’s own law would forbid that.

Walker pushed through a law effectively scrapping collective bargaining for teachers and many public service employees, making a school superintendent’s victory even more karmic.

Evers’ victory also means his running mate, Mandela Barnes, will become Wisconsin’s first black lieutenant governor.

Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, simply said in a statement on Wednesday: “Scott Walker was a national disgrace.”

American voters issued a referendum on Trump yesterday with Democrats taking control of the House. This now gives Democrats in Congress subpoena power and investigations will be launched. With a booming economy (thanks, Obama!), Trump still lost the House but he’s somehow trying to spin it as a win for him.


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