Wisconsin’s Republican Gov. Scott Walker won a hard fought election over Democratic challenger Mary Burke Tuesday, overcoming fierce opposition from unions and other liberal groups for his third victory in four years and cementing his position as a possible contender for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.
Walker told The Associated Press after he was projected the winner that any decision about running for president “will have to wait,” as he focuses on quickly passing his agenda through the Legislature next year. While he downplayed talk of a 2016 run on the campaign trail, his victory in a state that voted for a Democratic president and U.S. Senator in 2012 will immediately shift the focus to his intentions for 2016.
“The bottom line is people elected me to get the job done in Wisconsin,” Walker told AP. “We’re going to spend the next couple months putting together our legislative agenda.”
Walker became a hero to conservatives for taking on public sector unions, stripping them of nearly all collective bargaining authority. But the move angered them and led to a recall election in 2012, which he won.