Campaign 2012 Newsmakers: UW-Madison Professors Katherine Cramer Walsh and Barry Burden
On June 6, 2012, analyzing six historical June 5 recall elections, UW-Madison political science professors Kathy Cramer Walsh and Barry Burden said Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s political star will continue to rise nationally as a result of his second victory over Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in 18 months. Democrats are “demoralized,” and may take years to recover, Burden said. They both also agreed that Walker’s ads that targeted Milwaukee crime, unemployment and other urban problems were very effective. Asked if Wisconsin is now a “red” – or Republican-voting state – Walsh said that won’t be determined until the Nov. 5 presidential election. No Republican presidential candidate has won Wisconsin since 1984.