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Walker is 1st Republican Gov. Since '98 With Win Over Barrett


MADISON, Wis. (WTAQ) - Governor-elect Scott Walker says he’ll get to work right away to keep his promise to create a quarter-million jobs by 2015.

The Milwaukee County executive got 52 percent of the vote Tuesday over Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. And Walker became the first Republican to win a governor’s election since Tommy Thompson did it for a fourth time in 1998.

Walker said his victory was less about himself, and more about the desires of Wisconsinites who wanted their state government back. He said he would meet with state budget officials Wednesday to start addressing an expected $3 billion deficit in next year’s budget.

When Barrett conceded, he said he wanted to work together with Walker to help solve the state’s problems. Walker’s victory also assures that a female will continue to be the lieutenant governor.

Former Milwaukee TV anchor Rebecca Kleefisch was Walker’s running mate, and she’ll replace Democrat Barbara Lawton.

Two Republicans and a Democrat won the state’s other constitutional offices.

Republican J.B. Van Hollen won a second term as attorney general Tuesday, easily defeating former DNR secretary Scott Hassett 58 to 42 percent. Van Hollen said voters know that he runs the Justice agency with integrity.

Democratic State Treasurer Dawn Marie Sass lost her bid for a second term, as former restaurant manager Kurt Schuller won 53 to 47 percent. Schuller had vowed to eliminate the office if he won, saying others in the administration could handle its duties.

And long-time Secretary of State Doug La Follette was re-elected to the office he’s held for over 3 decades. He got 52 percent of the vote over Milwaukee minister David King.