Update: May 27 - DNC Chairwoman Wasserman Schultz: Wisconsin recall a ‘dry run’ for November

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    Jun 06, 2012 12:19 AM GMT
    Weird that they are downplaying already... no idea if Walker will be recalled or not but it appears the White House is bracing for the idea he won't be recalled?

    http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/06/white-house-wisconsin-results-mean-nothing-for-november-125335.html

    White House: Wisconsin results mean nothing for November

    The White House is bracing for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to hang on in Tuesday's recall election— denying that the contest portends anything for President Obama's chances in November.

    "A race where one side is outspending the other by a ratio of at least 8 to 1 probably won't tell us much about a future race," press secretary Jay Carney said.

    "I know the president is aware of the election. I think he's got some other responsibilities," Carney said. "I know that he's not following it minute by minute ... You know that he tweeted about it earlier. He stands with the Democratic candidate, Mayor Barrett, in this race."

    Still, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina listed Wisconsin as a toss-up in a video message to supporters this week — even as the campaign has limited Obama's involvement in the polarized recall election that seeks to oust Walker over his anti-labor legislative push last year.
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    Jun 06, 2012 12:44 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidWhite House: Wisconsin results mean nothing for November

    ... unless of course Walker doesn't win. icon_wink.gif


    Which is what I don't get... instead of saying it doesn't matter, they should have stayed silent if they believed there was a possibility that Barrett would win - particularly since Obama campaigned for Barrett the last time around.

    Interesting though:
    http://www.intrade.com/v4/markets/contract/?contractId=759686

    Intrade is still giving 90% odds for Walker surviving the recall.
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    Jun 06, 2012 1:35 AM GMT
    Intrade is now up to 94% for Walker. It'll be interesting to see in the aftermath how accurate Intrade has been. Of course, currently primarily Walker friendly districts are reporting... but Intrade buyers/sellers presumably factor that in.

    http://www.intrade.com/v4/markets/contract/?contractId=759686
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    Jun 06, 2012 1:50 AM GMT
    Wow - Intrade is up to 96.9% odds of Walker winning. Actual results here:
    http://elections.huffingtonpost.com/2012/wisconsin-recall-results

    Scott Walker 60.5% / Barrett 38.9% with 18.5% of precincts reporting.
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    Jun 06, 2012 1:53 AM GMT
    It's over. Intrade has it at 99.7%. A black eye for CNN blaring that it was too close to call in exit polling.

    HuffPo reporting that 24.3% reporting, with 61.2% for Walker to 38.2% for Barrett.

    High turnout. No wonder the Obama Administration has been distancing itself from this election.
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    Jun 06, 2012 2:17 AM GMT
    The polls show President Obama leading in WI.

    And the exit polls from today's election show President Obama leading Romney among WI voters by a 51% to 45% margin.

    So the results tonight aren't indicative of the WI vote in November.

    I'll take a loss in this recall and a win in the presidential election any day!
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    Jun 06, 2012 2:20 AM GMT
    Absolutely incredible. 42.3% reporting, 59% for Walker.

    It's incredible that there are those who still believe that they can rely on the same exit polling from mainstream organizations that thought this election would be close.
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    Jun 06, 2012 2:27 AM GMT
    Word is already coming out that Democrats in Wisconsin are bitterly disappointed in Obama not even providing any support. The word is when he tells them in the fall how important they are to him, they will remember how unimportant they were to him in June.
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    Jun 06, 2012 4:35 AM GMT
    A reminder of the significance of this election.

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/05/27/wasserman-schultz-wisconsin-recall-a-dry-run-for-november/

    On Sunday’s “State of the Union” on CNN, Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz addressed her party’s prospects of reclaiming the Wisconsin governor’s mansion, calling the battle to recall Gov. Scott Walker a “dry run” for the November election.

    Current polls show Walker with a commanding lead over his opponent, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. But that’s not deterring Wasserman Schultz from promoting her party’s prospects in the contest.

    “I think that he [Barrett] has a real opportunity to win,” Wasserman Schultz said. “We have put our considerable grassroots resources behind him. All of the Obama for America and state party resources, our grassroots network is fully engaged. And — well, I think what’s going to happen is that because of our on-the-ground operation, we have had an opportunity in this election, because especially given that Wisconsin is a battleground state, just like we did in the recall elections a year ago, to give this a test run.”

    “I think Tom Barrett will pull this out,” she added, “but regardless it has given the Obama for America operation an opportunity to do the dry run that we need of our massive, significant, dynamic grassroots presidential campaign, which can’t really be matched by the Romney campaign or the Republicans, because they’ve ignored the ground operations.”
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    Jun 06, 2012 4:37 AM GMT
    socalfitness saidWord is already coming out that Democrats in Wisconsin are bitterly disappointed in Obama not even providing any support. The word is when he tells them in the fall how important they are to him, they will remember how unimportant they were to him in June.


    Let's keep our head down and work like crazy for November.
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    Jun 07, 2012 3:32 PM GMT
    Not surprisingly: Nothing to see here on Wisconsin recall rout, White House says

    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/nothing-see-wisconsin-recall-rout-white-house-says-193850359.html

    The debate over what President Barack Obama did — or didn't do — for Wisconsin Democrats is dead. Long live the debate over what the Republican romp there does for the embattled incumbent in November.

    White House spokesman Jay Carney on Wednesday pointed to exit polls to argue that Wisconsin's voters believe the president's policies "are the right policies to protect the middle class" while working to put some distance between Obama and the results.

    How much distance? Asked for the president's reaction to the No. 1 news story in American politics, Carney told reporters: "I didn't have much of a conversation with the president about Wisconsin."

    The press secretary then played down the potential peril for Obama, who carried Wisconsin by 14 points but saw the candidate he endorsed, Tom Barrett, lose by 7 points.

    "The President supported and stood by Tom Barrett, but I certainly wouldn't read much into yesterday's result beyond its effect on who's occupying the governor's seat in Wisconsin," Carney said in a question-and-answer session aboard Air Force One."What you had was an incumbent governor in a repeat election that he had won once, in which he outspent his challenger by a magnitude of 7 or 8 to 1, with an enormous amount of outside corporate money and huge donations, and you got essentially the same result," Carney said.

    Carney said that voters in November would be "substantially different" from the makeup of the electorate on Tuesday, but added that those who cast ballots in the recall "said they believed that the president's policies are the right policies to protect the middle class."

    Carney's comments came after top Obama reelection strategist David Axelrod said the Wisconsin results amounted to "a bad night" for Romney, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said that "Despite the disappointing outcome" the vote "sent Scott Walker a message that his brand of divisive politics is offensive and wrong," and the Obama campaign's Wisconsin state director, Tripp Wellde, said the results sent a "strong message" to Walker.

    That all proved a bit much for the Republican National Committee spokesman Tim Miller, who compared Team Obama's response to Saddam Hussein's delusional — and/or dishonest — spokesman during the March 2003 invasion of Iraq.

    "The Obama campaign's response is reminiscent of Baghdad Bob spinning the fall of Baghdad. We've only lost 21 points in 4 years! Seriously guys, all is well!" Miller joked to Yahoo News.
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    Jun 07, 2012 6:45 PM GMT
    Heh. Wisconsin protesters in total denial: